The rapper initially took to his social media channels to share footage of a confrontation with the Las Vegas-based hotel. The video shows a Cosmopolitan representative expelling Meek Mill and his team from the hotel’s premises on the basis that they were trespassing. “If you do not leave this premises immediately, you will be subject to arrest for a misdemeanor.” The representative goes on to remind Meek Mill that he is on private property, saying “At this time, with the information that we have, we’re refusing to do business with you. We have the right to do that.”
Meek shared a clip of the exchange on Instagram, accusing the Cosmopolitan of “extreme racism.”
According to TMZ, the Philadelphia musician arrived at the Cosmopolitan Hotel close to 3:30 p.m. to see a performance by DJ Mustard, however hotel security informed him that he was not allowed on the premises, and that he would be arrested if he did not cooperate.
Meek’s attorney Joe Tacopina requested that the Cosmopolitan issue an apology to Meek, or otherwise face legal action. Tacopina noted, “… we have learned that the Cosmopolitan maintains a list of African American recording artists who should be denied access for no other reason than than their culture and skin color. Such course of conduct constitutes discrimination per se, in violation of state and federal law, and exposes you to significant monetary damages […] we urge you to promptly issue an apology to Mr. Williams and grant him immediate access. In the event you fail to heed this one and only warning, we intend to pursue all legal recourse against you.”
In April 2018, Meek Mill was released from prison when his case including 11-year-old charges was overturned by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.
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