Meek Mill gets 3 months house arrest for parole violation

PHILADELPHIA -- A Philadelphia judge is giving Robert Williams at least three months to earn back his status as rapper Meek Mill.

See Full Article

Common Pleas Judge Genece Brinkley on Friday ordered Mill to serve 90 days on house arrest, effective March 1, for violating the terms of his parole in a 2009 drug and gun case.

Mill was found in violation of his parole in December. He blamed his erratic concert schedule, but Philadelphia prosecutors linked the problem to his romance with Nicki Minaj, who sat in the front row for Friday's hearing.

Before the judge issued his sentence, Mill -- who has alternately complained about probation and credited the judge with helping him succeed -- thanked her for giving him a chance, regardless of her decision.

"I just want to ask you for a chance to turn that corner and be a changed man," he said. "You said you saw something in me ... I want to prove you right. I believe I can be the bright star you intended me to be."

Mill cannot work during the three-month period and must do daily community service with groups serving adults, not the young people who idolize him.

In the seven weeks since his last court hearing, Mill has visited several high schools, including a local boys' charter school, where he urged students to work hard before letting them take photographs with him.

Brinkley also sentenced Mill to six more years of probation. The judge has kept tight reins on the 28-year-old Mill after giving him a break in his initial case. She once sent him back to jail and this time threatened to send him to state prison for two years.

Prosecutors described violations that include unapproved travel to New York for a benefit concert and efforts to join Minaj in various cities. They also said he turned in cold water instead of urine for a drug test, making the judge question if a prior problem with painkillers was at issue.

Minaj told the judge in December that she was trying to help her boyfriend become more organized and responsible. They have been frequently been seated courtside at the Philadelphia 76ers games for the past two months, since Brinkley ordered Mill not to leave the Philadelphia area.

Minaj did not testify Friday. At one point during the judge's remarks, she appeared to have been crying.

The sentencing followed a four-hour hearing that included testimony on Mill's behalf from a life coach and the principal of Boys Latin High School, which Mill had visited Thursday, along with music executive Kenny Gamble and others.



Advertisements

Latest Entertainment News

  • Tom Cruise partially responsible for 'American Made' pilots' deaths: Victims families [Video]

    Entertainment Toronto Sun
    Families of the two pilots killed making movie American Made have accused Tom Cruise and director Doug Liman of being partially responsible for their deaths. Alan Purwin and Carlos Berl lost their lives when their small plane encountered bad weather and crashed in the Andes mountains in Colombia in September 2015. Source
  • Blade Runner 2049 to open Montreal's Festival du nouveau cinéma

    Entertainment CBC News
    Quebec director Denis Villeneuve's highly anticipated Blade Runner sequel will open Montreal's Festival du nouveau cinéma. Blade Runner 2049 will be presented at a special Oct. 4 screening, a day after its world premiere in Los Angeles and two days before it hits theatres, organizers said Thursday. Source
  • ‘Blade Runner 2049’ to open Montreal Festival du nouveau cinema [Video]

    Entertainment Toronto Sun
    Quebec director Denis Villeneuve’s highly anticipated “Blade Runner” sequel will open the Montreal Festival du nouveau cinema. “Blade Runner 2049” will be presented at a special Oct. 4 screening, a day after its world premiere in Los Angeles and two days before it hits theatres, organizers said Thursday. Source
  • 'Battle of the Sexes' directors say ‘70s story still resonates today

    Entertainment Toronto Sun
    Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris met as students at UCLA and they’ve been together ever since. The husband-and-wife filmmaking team behind Little Miss Sunshine and Ruby Sparks — not to mention a slew of music videos and docs for the likes of REM, Janet Jackson, Smashing Pumpkins, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Oasis, The Ramones, and many more — visited TIFF last week to introduce their newest movie, Battle of the Sexes. Source
  • Let it be? Not a chance: John Lemon drink to re-brand after legal threat from Yoko Ono

    Entertainment CBC News
    It wasn't exactly instant karma when Beatle John Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono, heard about a Polish beverage company's new drink called "John Lemon." She threatened legal action alleging that it infringed on the trademark of her late husband. Source
  • 'Blade Runner 2049' to open Montreal Festival du nouveau cinema

    Entertainment CTV News
    MONTREAL -- Quebec director Denis Villeneuve's highly anticipated "Blade Runner" sequel will open the Montreal Festival du nouveau cinema. Organizers say "Blade Runner 2049" will be presented at a special Oct. 4 screening -- two days before it hits theatres. Source
  • New Ondaatje novel 'Warlight' coming in May

    Entertainment CTV News
    NEW YORK - Michael Ondaatje, author of the acclaimed novel "The English Patient," is once again writing about the Second World War. Alfred A. Knopf announced Thursday that Ondaatje's "Warlight" will come out May 8. Source
  • Anthony Rapp embarks, thrilled, on 'Star Trek: Discovery'

    Entertainment CTV News
    NEW YORK -- The original "Star Trek" was born into a world of hurt. The United States was embroiled in a war that wouldn't end. The president was increasingly embattled. Americans were polarized. Now, a half-century later, "Star Trek: Discovery" lands in a nation that seems no less burdened, while the new show's mission is unchanged from the series that spawned it: to enter the future with hope and face the present with courage. Source
  • Ont. woman makes top 5 but 12-year-old ventriloquist wins ‘America’s Got Talent’

    Entertainment Toronto Sun
    LOS ANGELES — A 12-year-old girl is getting a $1 million prize and her own Las Vegas show after taking the “America’s Got Talent” crown on the season 12 finale of the NBC reality competition. Darci Lynne Farmer, of Oklahoma City, beat out another youngster, 10-year-old singer Angelica Hale, for the ‘AGT’ title Wednesday by garnering the most votes from viewers. Source
  • Kiss members Gene Simmons, Ace Frehley reunite on stage

    Entertainment CTV News
    In this Monday, Aug. 15, 2016 photo, Paul Stanley, center, Tommy Thayer, right, and Gene Simmons, of the rock band Kiss perform at The Dow event center in Saginaw, Mich. (Heather Khalifa/The Saginaw News via AP) Source