Meek Mill is set to file a lawsuit this week against Las Vegas’ Cosmopolitan hotel for directing him to leave the premises and threatening to arrest him, TMZ reports.
Meek’s attorney, Joe Tacopina, tells TMZ he will seek “heavy monetary damages” from the hotel for “lying and humiliating Meek,” saying, “I'm going to take this place down because of what they did.”
Tacopina has alleged that there’s a list of black rappers who aren’t welcome in a group of Vegas hotels. While the Cosmo refutes the idea that it bars anyone entry due to race, Tacopina has revealed that Yo Gotti and BlocBoy JB have also claimed other Vegas hotels deny them entrance since they’re black rappers.
In a statement provided to Complex, Yo Gotti said, “Unfortunately, I’ve experienced similar discrimination at the Cosmopolitan and other Vegas hotels. It’s a disgrace that these establishments continue to judge us by the color of our skin and our professions instead of recognizing our artistry and dedication to our communities. I stand with Meek Mill and all my peers in the hip-hop community that have been disrespected by places like the Cosmopolitan.”
Meek and his friends were going to see DJ Mustard perform on Saturday at the hotel’s Marquee Nightclub, but were stopped by security upon arrival and ordered to leave. They were also threatened with arrest for trespassing if they stepped out of their vehicle.
However, the hotel maintains that it doesn’t discriminate and wouldn’t let Meek in because Marquee was at capacity, something which it claims it told Meek before he left for the hotel. Initially, the hotel purportedly denied him access because Meek was previously involved in a fight.
After the incident occurred, Tacopina sent a letter to the hotel, demanding the Cosmopolitan issue an apology to Meek—or face legal action. However, the hotel didn’t respond and now Meek is ready to sue.
Tacopina alleges that the hotel's two different versions of events are both lies. “Show us one other incident where a white individual was denied hotel club access or access to the grounds because Marquee was full?” he said to TMZ. The lawsuit will claim defamation, as well as racial discrimination under state and federal laws.