Finding himself at the center of a wrongful death lawsuit, rapper Meek Mill is fighting back, forcefully denying accusations being made about him and his fans.
Back in late May, news broke that Meek was being sued over an incident at a concert that took place in December 2016. Following an incident at the Toyota Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford, Connecticut, two men lost their lives in a violent shootout. The family of one of those men, 31-year-old Travis Ward, decided they wanted to hold Meek and the venue responsible, and they submitted paperwork to make that possible.
"With song titles like 'Body Count' and 'Oh Kill 'Em' [sic] that praise indiscriminate killing and mayhem, the potential for tragic incidents like this should have been properly anticipated and planned for by Meek Mill, his concert promoters and the Oakdale Theatre," said Ward's family attorney, Joel Faxon.
But TMZ has apparently grabbed some of the documents connected to the lawsuit, and it paints an ugly picture. Meek has fired back at the allegations, and the defendants involved are now accusing the plaintiff of using coded language in the lawsuit. The documents go so far as to call the fans at Meek's concert, "thugs," and Live Nation, which runs the Oakdale Theater, is using that as proof of discrimination.
The family's attorney responded to the accusation, claiming they stand by what they've called Meek and the people involved in the shooting. "The families of those shot at the concert agree Mr. Mill meets the definition of a thug," Faxon told TMZ.
Faxon would go on to say that Meek has a duty to provide a safe environment for his concertgoers, in addition to warning them about the danger that can take place at one of his concerts.
This is already pretty ugly, and you can't imagine it's going to get much better from here. Hopefully all the parties involved come to a sensible conclusion, without resorting to racism to do so.