Las Vegas casino denies Meek Mill's accusation of racism... claiming he was barred from dayclub because it had reached capacity
A Las Vegas casino after being accused by Meek Mill of having a ban on black rappers said Monday that he was turned away because the club was at capacity.
The 32-year-old rapper was prevented from entering a concert Saturday at the Cosmopolitan Hotel and Casino by security guards who threatened him with arrest.
The Cosmopolitan told TMZ that it has a 'zero tolerance for discrimination' policy and the incident was not race-related.
Full capacity: Meek Mill, shown last month in Philadelphia, was stopped from entering a concert Saturday at the Cosmopolitan Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas
The rapper was headed to its Marquee Dayclub where DJ Mustard was performing.
'Marquee Dayclub had reached capacity per Las Vegas Fire Marshall code. Earlier that day, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police had been called onsite to manage a larger than usual venue crowd,' the casino said.
Their statement added: 'Accordingly, when Marquee Dayclub was contacted in advance of Meek Mill's arrival, security staff clarified that he would not be granted access because of capacity issues, in accordance with both club and resort policy. Upon his arrival, it was reiterated to Meek Mill and his team for a second time that access to the venue was not permitted.'
The statement also said, 'Meek Mill refused to depart property and was then informed that any continued attempt would result in trespassing.'
Altercation: In videos shared by TMZ and to the rapper's own Twitter, he can be seen speaking through the window of his vehicle with casino security members who threatened him with arrest for trespassing
In a video shared by TMZ and to the rapper's own Twitter on Saturday, he can be seen speaking through the window of his vehicle with casino security members.
The first part of the conversation was cut-off by the security guard who seemed to be alleging that Meek was involved in some kind of physical altercation during a previous visit to the casino.
The Ima Boss rapper (real name: Robert Rihmeek Williams) claimed that was 'impossible' as he'd visited the casino only once before when he accompanied fellow rapper and former girlfriend Nicki Minaj to a Jay-Z show.
When he and his own security pressed the employee for details about the alleged altercation, he punted, claiming he didn't know the details and that they'd need to contact the casino's vice-president.
'This comes from way higher up than me,' one guard allegedly said, according to Meek's lawyer Joe Tacopina.
Accusations: The security guard claimed that Meek was involved in some kind of previous altercation at the casino, though Meek later denied that, saying he'd only visited the casino once with Nicki Minaj for a Jay-Z show
Passing the buck: The guard told the rapper and his entourage that they were trespassing and that they'd need to contact the organization's vice-president for more information
Tacopina also responded Monday to TMZ about the Cosmopolitan's explanation that the dayclub was filled to capacity.
'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,' he said.
Meek also responded Monday to the hotel's statement on Twitter pointing out that he was told he would be arrested 'just for stepping on their property' even if he went to eat elsewhere at the establishment.
No sense: Meek also responded Monday to the Cosmopolitan's statement saying it 'doesn't even make sense'
The rapper earlier took to social media to accuse the casino of racially profiling him.
'If you come from our culture you should never step foot in the cosmopolitan hotel they just really racist as hell,' he wrote. 'Something really has to be done in Las Vegas what they doing to black people!'
Not holding back: The rapper took to social media to accuse the casino of racially profiling him
'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!' he added in a subsequent tweet.
He followed up his outraged posts with a legal threat.
'I needs lawyers ASAP y’all not gone treat me like I’m just a rapper and expect me to be quiet.'
Furious: Meek claimed that the hotel was banning black rappers from it's property
Strong accusation: Joe Tacopina, Meek's lawyer, claimed he spoke with 'a well-placed person inside the hotel' who told him that a group of Vegas hotels have been attempting to keep rappers off their premises
Tacopina, Meek's lawyer, claimed he spoke with 'a well-placed person inside the hotel' who told him that a group of Vegas hotels have been attempting to keep rappers off their premises.
He labeled the alleged actions racist, saying, 'They wouldn't ban Vanilla Ice.'
On Instagram, Meek accused the cabal of casinos of taking black artists' money when it suited them.
'Some of these casinos have a bunch of Tatics to keep the level of blacks down .... but love to take our money!!!! This happens to a lot of black entertainers not just me either!! I felt crazy being put out by these white men for no reason!'
Profiling: 'Some of these casinos have a bunch of Tatics to keep the level of blacks down .... but love to take our money!!!! This happens to a lot of black entertainers not just me either!!' wrote Meek on Instagram; shown March 13 in New York City
Later on Saturday, TMZ obtained a letter written by Mill's lawyer officially accusing the Cosmopolitan of racially profiling his client.
'... we have learned that the Cosmopolitan maintains a list of African American recording artists who should be denied access for no other reason than than their culture and skin color. Such course of conduct constitutes discrimination per se, in violation of state and federal law, and exposes you to significant monetary damages,' he wrote.'
'...we urge you to promptly issue an apology to Mr. Williams and grant him immediate access. In the event you fail to heed this one and only warning, we intend to pursue all legal recourse against you.'
Legal miscarriage: Meek was in and out of court (and jail) in a serious of interactions with Judge Genece Brinkley, who was alleged investigated by the FBI for her conduct in his trial, according to Page Six; pictured April 18 in Los Angeles
Though Meek claimed not to have had any previous negative experiences at the Cosmopolitan, he was involved in a long legal saga that started when he was arrested for possessing a firearm and assaulting a police officer when he was 18.
Subsequent legal confrontations were handled by the same judge, Judge Genece Brinkley.
Mill was in and out of court, and also behind bars, due to later alleged parole violations, though Brinkley was criticized for her judicial conduct, and an FBI investigation was allegedly launched into her participation in Mill's case, according to Page Six.
Last year, the Philadelphia District Attorney's office petitioned Brinkley to release Mill from jail due to potential mishandling of his initial arrest in 2007.
She refused, though the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ordered him to be released in April of last year.