On Friday, a Philadelphia judge had sent Meek Mill to jail for up to three to six months for being in violation of his probation for a 2009 drug and gun case. The rapper was to appear at the Temple University’s Liacouras Center for a performance on the following Saturday as his “Homecoming Tour.” To his dismay, the following concerts and events were cancelled.
The hearing that took place had proceeded to be four hours long. Meek Mill pleaded with Brinkley-the judge that sentenced him-to keep continuing his music career “it took me 15 years to get here, this will be extremely damaging to my life,” Meek Mill said. Brinkley kept referring to the former hearings about his probation violation that were spent trying to reconcile the terms of his probation with his concert schedule. In court, they showed a photograph of Meek with what appeared to be a semiautomatic pistol. Brinkley had accepted this evidence and proceeded with the hearing. The last straw had appeared when Brinkley heard that Meek had booked concerts between July, 3 and Aug, 11, a time when she had ordered him to stop performing while she tried to resolve his probation problems. Brinkley had warned him not to make further concert plans without court approval.
Meek Mill will spend up to six months in jail and afterwards he will begin a new five year period of probation.