View this post on InstagramTrending StoriesCosmopolitan hotel/casino going to extreme racist levels to keep too many black entertainers and black people …. they said they gone lock me up.. I’m like for what I’ve been once to a party with jayz ….. Some of these casinos have a bunch of Tatics to keep the level of blacks down …. but love to take our money!!!! This happens to a lot of black entertainers not just me either!! I felt crazy being put out by these white men for no reason!
Meek Mill’s celebrity lawyer, Joe Tacopina vows to take down The Cosmopolitan hotel for “lying and humiliating” his client, TMZ reports.
“I’m going to take this place down because of what they did.”
For those unfamiliar with the story. Meek and his crew were denied entry to a DJ Mustard concert at the Cosmopolitan hotel in Las Vegas on Saturday. Security at the venue ordered them to leave the premises and threatened them with arrest if they failed to do so.
The Philly rapper quickly went on social media to blast the hotel/club for being racist towards black entertainers … but in a recent statement obtained by TMZ, The Cosmopolitan says race has nothing to do with it. The hotel says they didn’t let Meek in because the Marquee Dayclub, which he was trying to gain access to had reached its capacity and this was made known to Meek.
“When Marquee Dayclub was contacted in advance of Meek Mill’s arrival, security staff clarified that he would not be granted access because of capacity issues, in accordance with both club and resort policy. Upon his arrival, it was reiterated to Meek Mill and his team for a second time that access to the venue was not permitted.”
As TMZ points out, their story doesn’t add up. In the YouTube video below, a security guard can be heard saying the rapper was being denied entry because of his previous altercation with a Cosmo security guard.
“Meek Mill was never involved in a fight on their property, ever and I challenge the Cosmopolitan to produce a video of such altercation or a contemporaneous incident report,” Meek’s attorney disputes.
In a statement to Complex, Tacopina also refutes claims that his client was denied because of capacity concerns.
“The assertion that the Cosmopolitan denied Meek because of capacity concerns at Marquee Dayclub is outright false,” Tacopina says. “In the recorded video, Meek also inquired about getting a meal at one of the hotel’s restaurants, yet their security team continued to deny Meek and said he would be arrested for trespassing regardless of location in the hotel premises. The Cosmopolitan’s conduct continues to be deplorable.”
Tacopina believes Meek is part of a long list of African-American rappers who were blacklisted from certain Vegas hotels.
“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,” he states in a letter. “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.”
TMZ reports the lawsuit will allege racial discrimination under state and federal law as well as defamation. Meek reportedly wants “heavy monetary damages.”