Meek Mill’s Lawyer Claims Judge Asked Rapper to Leave Roc Nation and Sign With Her Friend
On Monday (Nov. 6), Meek Mill was sentenced to two to four years in prison for violating his probation. Judge Genece Brinkley cited a failed drug test and a failure to comply with a court order restricting the rapper's travel as the basis for her sentencing, but according to Meek's lawyer, the judge is "enamored" with the Philadelphia artist.
During an interview with Billboard, attorney Joe Tacopina cited examples of the judge "crossing the line of professionalism and traditional conduct" and revealed she once asked the rapper to leave Roc Nation and sign with a friend of hers. "When she requests he leaves his current management Roc Nation -- which is one of the most important management companies in the world -- and goes back to a local Philadelphia guy who has a spotted past because she had a personal relationship with him as manager, again, she's doing something that a judge would never be doing, having a personal interest," he said.
Later in the interview, Tacopina added, "Why did she ask that her friend be his manager and not Roc Nation? That lacks appropriateness of a judge. You can't do that as a judge, but she did it."
Following the Wins & Losses rapper's sentencing, rappers such as JAY-Z, T.I. and Nipsey Hussle all came to his defense. "To be yung Blac and successful YOU ENEMY NUMBER 1," Nipsey tweeted. "HOLD YO HEAD @MeekMill streets chose u."
And in a post on Facebook, Hov wrote, "The sentence handed down by the Judge -- against the recommendation of the Assistant District Attorney and Probation Officer -- is unjust and heavy handed. We will always stand by and support Meek Mill, both as he attempts to right this wrongful sentence and then in returning to his musical career."
Up next for Meek, his lawyer revealed they will be appealing the decision and will continue to appeal until it gets rectified.
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