Fresh off a September 9th release date set for his sophomore album, Dreams Worth More Than Money, Meek Mill gets some bad news.
According to the AP, the rapper (real name: Robert Williams) appeared in a Philadelphia court room Friday (July 11), during which a judge sentenced him to three to six months in jail for violating probation on a 2009 drug and gun case.
In court, Meek pleaded with Judge Genece E. Brinkley to allow him to continue working, saying he’s responsible for a number of people — including his mother, sister, son, and other friends, all totaling up $90,000 in monthly expenses.
Despite his plea, the judge said the rapper was not taking his situation seriously. “After all these years of me trying to help him move his career forward … I believe this defendant is basically thumbing his nose at me,” Brinkley said.
The Philadelphia Inquirer says Meek will likely serve the full 6-month sentence, after which he will begin a new five-year period of probation.
Also during the appearance, Judge Brinkley warned him not to make further concert plans without court approval. Then, when Mill said his schedule was “now booked up till December,” Brinkley cut him off.
“I don’t want to hear it, I don’t care about it,” the judge said.
According to the report, Brinkley had asked Meek to stop booking concerts and appearances so she could resolve his probation problems, but when she heard he had booked concerts through August, it was the last straw.
Meek Mill has been in and out of court over the past two years, as he disputed the terms of his probation with local probation officers and also trying the patience of Judge Brinkley who says she worked to accommodate his schedule.