Meek Mill Denied Entry to Las Vegas Lodge for “Trespassing,” Calls Out “Excessive Racist” Conduct
Meek Mill was denied entry to the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas Saturday night time, Pitchfork and TMZ report. In a video on Instagram recorded from his automobile, the rapper may be seen talking to venue safety, who threatened to arrest him for “trespassing.” Meek Mill (born Robert Rihmeek Williams) claims that the incident was discriminatory, writing within the video’s caption that the venue was “going to excessive racist ranges” to maintain black individuals out of the resort.
In an interview concerning the incident with Pitchfork, Meek Mill’s legal professional Joe Tacopina mentioned Williams was authentic on the Cosmopolitan to attend a Mustard live performance. The rapper was then advised by the resort’s safety workforce that he could be topic to arrest for trespassing if he had been to step out of his automobile.
“How will you inform me I’m going to be locked up for trespassing?” Williams asks in his Instagram video. One of many males on the safety workforce then replies that they reserve the suitable to not do enterprise with the musician. “We’re a non-public property,” he says. “Right now, with the knowledge we now have, we’re refusing to do enterprise with you. We now have the suitable to try this.”
In an extended model of the identical video obtained by TMZ, one of many different males on the safety workforce reads Williams his rights, claiming that he might be “topic to arrest for a misdemeanor” if he enters the constructing. “Your subsequent return to those premises after being duly warned to not, will topic you to arrest for trespassing,” he says.
Following the incident, Williams’ legal professional Joe Tacopina wrote a letter to Anthony Pearl, normal counsel and chief compliance officer for the Cosmopolitan. As Pitchfork reviews, the letter claims that the resort “maintains a listing of African American recording artists who must be denied entry for no different cause than their tradition and pores and skin coloration.” “Such course of conduct constitutes discrimination per se, in violation of state and federal regulation, and exposes you to important financial damages,” the letter continues.
The Cosmopolitan later declined to touch upon the incident in an announcement shared with Pitchfork. “As a matter of firm coverage, we don’t touch upon authorized maters,” the assertion reads. “Our friends’ security and safety all the time stays our high precedence.”