North Philly-born and raised rapper Meek Mill is suing Philadelphia and its police Officers Andre Boyer and Michael Vargas in Federal Court for falsely imprisoning the Maybach Music Group member for nine hours and posting pictures of him while he was in custody to Instragram.
The complaint states that officers Boyers and Vargas stopped Mill at 11th and Girard while he was driving his Range Rover on October 31st of last year.
The complaint continues:
"Following the vehicle stop, police officers Boyer and Vargas handcuffed plaintiff at the scene, transported him in custody to the 22nd Police District, took photographs of plaintiff which the officers posted and published, or caused to be posted and published, on Instagram and other social media websites, depicting plaintiff in police custody, held plaintiff in custody against his will in a jail cell for approximately nine (9) hours, after which time plaintiff was released on November 1, 2012, at 4:30 a.m., without being charged with any criminal activity and having caused plaintiff to miss a scheduled promotional appearance in Atlanta, Georgia."
Mill, whose given name is Robert Williams, is seeking compenstation and punitive damages for missing the promo appearance and losing the deposit on the private jet he chartered to take down to Atlanta, as well as costs of "the loss of numerous sponsorships and endorsements; the loss of plaintiff's solitude, seclusion and privacy; the anxiety and embarrassment associated with plaintiff being placed in a false light; and the anxiety and embarrassment of being seized, detained, confined and imprisoned against plaintiff's will."
Mill was tethered to Philly recently, after a judge ordered he not leave the city due to parole violations.
The Philadelphia Police Department gave us a "no comment" when we called because it involves open litigation. We have calls in to Mill's representation and will update with their comments.
A Starpulse report from last November pulled some of Mill's tweets from after the incident:
"cops cost me a lot of money tonight .....taking pics (pictures) of me like I'ma f**kin joke....no charges just holding me for s**t! my lawyer need answers."
He continued to protest his innocence on Thursday morning, insisting he had done nothing wrong, adding, "I ain't get locked up...definitely not in NYC with no gun! Cops just harassed and violated me last night in Philly just for being famous!"
And Mill, whose album artwork features a Rolex watch attached to one half of a handcuff, saw the irony of his police run-in, adding: "The crazy part about (it) is I really had a handcuff and Rolex on my wrist yesterday.... Really".