Saturday, July 4, 2015

No “Homecoming” for jailed rapper Meek Mill

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Rapper Meek Mill  (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Clear Channel)
Rapper Meek Mill (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Clear Channel)

The fact that Philly rapper Meek Mill's "Homecoming" concert scheduled for Saturday was postponed this morning was not a big surprise given that the jailed entertainer won't be home for 3-to-6 months.

Temple University's Liacouras Center, where the show was to take place, posted the following statement on its internet site late Wednesday morning:

"The Meek Mill concert scheduled for Saturday, July 19, has been postponed. The show will be rescheduled. Tickets for the new date, which is not yet determined, will be honored on the new date." 

The rapper, whose birth name is Robert Williams, was stunned Friday when Common Pleas Judge Genece E. Brinkley revoked his probation and sentenced him to 3-to-6 months in jail followed by five years of reporting probation. 

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  • Williams, 27, was found to be in technical violation of his probation terms for scheduling out-of-town concert dates for this month and next month without her permission, Brinkley said Friday at the conclusion of a four-hour hearing.

    Brinkley also noted that Williams failed to provide his probation officer with a working phone number, posted disparaging remarks on Twitter about the probation officer and the prosecutor assigned to his case, was "combative" and "disrespectful" to probation staffers during a May 15 meeting and posed for a picture posted on Instagram holding a gun while two other men also held guns. 

    Convicted felons can not possess guns.

    "Sir, I really didn't want to do this but you made me do it," said Brinkley, who placed the rapper on probation in 2009 instead of sentencing him to five to 10 years in prison after a gun and drug-dealing conviction. 

    The postponed Saturday show is the second financial hit the rapper has taken since Friday. That night, he was booked for a show in Washington, D.C., which he also didn't make.

    Court records indicate the rapper is not sitting still behind bars. On Wednesday, two prominent criminal defense attorneys were listed as having been hired by Williams: Dennis Cogan, who represented former state Sen. Vincent Fumo during his 2009 federal corruption trial, and Christopher D. Warren. 

    Calls to both attorneys were not returned.


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    Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
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