Meek Mill Reportedly Denied Entry at ‘Racist as Hell’ Las Vegas Hotel
Meek Mill is putting the Cosmopolitan Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas on blast for racism after he was denied entry into the establishment. The resort has explained their actions, but there seem to be several discrepancies with their story.
The “Amen” rapper and two members of his crew were stopped from entering Cosmopolitan on Friday afternoon, reports TMZ.
The group was going to see a show at the Marquee Dayclub inside the hotel when security allegedly asked them to leave or risk arrest.
An enraged Mill (real name Robert Rihmeek Williams) documented the experience in several videos posted to social media.
In footage posted to Mill’s Twitter page, two apparent employees of the hotel are seen addressing the rapper who asked: “How can you tell me I’ll be locked up for trespassing?”
They telling black rappers they are banned from properties they own without incident ... they just told me I was trespassing and I will be arrested I stepped in that hotel once at a jayz party without incident!— Meek Mill (@MeekMill) May 25, 2019
“So here’s the deal,” replies one of the staff members. “We are private property, and at this time, with the information we have, we're refusing to do business with you, we have the right to do that.”
In his caption, Mill claimed the Cosmopolitan is only one of several other hotels in Vegas who discriminate against black entertainers.
The cosmopolitan hotel .... and it’s a few other hotels that be doing this to black entertainers because they don’t want too many blacks on they property! Vegas notorious for this too its not just me!!!! pic.twitter.com/HPySp2nh8h— Meek Mill (@MeekMill) May 25, 2019
In another video, the second staff member proceeds to read Mill the Nevada state code, saying to the group:
“I’m not accusing you of anything. I wasn’t there, I don’t know. This is way bigger than me. Obviously, you’re somebody…If you do not leave these premises immediately, you will be subject to arrest for a misdemeanor.”
“Arrested for what?????” Mill queried in the caption.
THE HOTEL RESPONDS
“If you come from our culture you should never step foot in the cosmopolitan hotel they just really racist as hell,” Mill added in a tweet. “Something really has to be done in Las Vegas what they doing to black people!”
“I needs (sic) lawyers ASAP,” he announced in another tweet. “Y’all not gone (sic) treat me like I’m just a rapper and expect me to be quiet.”
In a statement obtained by CNN, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas claimed their decision to deny Mill entry was as a result of the Marquee Dayclub being at capacity per the Las Vegas Fire Marshal code.
Congress passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to ensure that African Americans would enjoy equal access to hotels, restaurants theaters and more.— Kristen Clarke (@KristenClarkeJD) May 26, 2019
The @Cosmopolitan_LV Hotel in Las Vegas will have to answer for its treatment of @MeekMill. https://t.co/QaRmSQ2ar8
STATEMENT FROM MILL'S TEAM
Mill’s lawyer, Joe Tacopina, however, refuted the claims in a counter-statement:
“The assertion that the Cosmopolitan denied Meek because of capacity concerns at Marquee Dayclub is outright false. 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 premises. The Cosmopolitan's conduct continues to be deplorable.”
The cosmopolitan issued a statement that it was over capacity at a pool party why I was banned but told me I would be arrested just for stepping on their property even if I went to eat on the property “not at the pool party” doesn’t even make sense— Meek Mill (@MeekMill) May 28, 2019
COUNTER-ALLEGATIONS & LEGAL ACTION
A source from Cosmopolitan also reportedly claimed Mill was denied entry because of a prior incident where he "fought with security guards" at the hotel.
"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,” Tacopina shot back via TMZ. “The legal case against the Cosmopolitan just got stronger.”
After being threatened with arrest for trespassing at a Vegas casino, @MeekMill’s attorney discovered the venue “maintains a list of African American recording artists who should be denied access for no other reason than their culture and skin color.” https://t.co/y4QBTnJFZd pic.twitter.com/6pKQZzxGBf— Okayplayer (@okayplayer) May 27, 2019
The celebrity news site has also revealed that Mill will be filing a lawsuit against the Cosmopolitan hotel.
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