Meek is being sued again
Meek Mill is being sued over a deadly shootout at one of his concerts.
The currently incarcerated rapper was hit with a lawsuit from fan Dylan Thomas. Thomas was shot in the leg during the Dec. 30, 2016 concert after a gunman opened fire in the parking lot after the show. The Wallingford, CT shooting left two men dead and two more injured. Now, Thomas wants Meek to take responsibility.
According to the lawsuit uncovered by TMZ, Thomas believes that Meek should have known that the potential for violence was there and beefed up his security around the show. Both the new lawsuit and an older wrongful death lawsuit stemming from the incident make references to thugs. While defending himself from the wrongful death suit, Mill balked at the use of the term thug, which he viewed as a racist stereotype.
The lawyer on that particular case didn’t budge, doubling down and calling Mill himself a thug.
Attorney Joel Faxon told TMZ that “the families of those shot at the concert agree Mr. Mill meets the definition of a thug.”
Both Mill and Live Nation Entertainment, the company that owns the theater where the shooting occured, were named in both lawsuits.
Meek Mill obviously has nothing but time to respond to these latest charges. The rapper was ordered to return to prison nearly a decade after a drug sentence because a judge ruled that he had violated his probation. The seemingly unjust sentence taking down such a prominent figure spurred a flurry of outrage and a reconsideration of the probationary system.
Mill’s attorney Joe Tacopina gave an interview to Billboard where he called the judge’s motives in handing down the sentence into question.
“It’s an infatuation,” Tacopina said. “When a judge says to someone can you re-record a song, mention my name and do a shout-out to me about how I [saved] up your life and he says no? Great, now what kind of position is he in?”
Jay-Z wrote an op-ed in the New York Times calling the entire system into question.
“The specifics of Meek’s case inspired me to write this. But it’s time we highlight the random ways people trapped in the criminal justice system are punished every day,” he said. “The system treats them as a danger to society, consistently monitors and follows them for any minor infraction — with the goal of putting them back in prison.”
“Probation is a trap and we must fight for Meek and everyone else unjustly sent to prison,” Jay added.
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Jigga also pointed out the incredible span of time between Meek’s two prison sentences and that the rapper is an entirely different person now.
“Meek was around 19 when he was convicted on charges relating to drug and gun possession, and he served an eight-month sentence,” he said. “Now he’s 30, so he has been on probation for basically his entire adult life. For about a decade, he’s been stalked by a system that considers the slightest infraction a justification for locking him back inside.”
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