Update: Judge rules Meek Mill did violate his probation. He’ll be sentenced Feb. 5.
Meek Mill was back in a Philly courtroom today. So was Nicki Minaj. So was Meek’s grandmother.
The Philly-native rapper appeared for the second portion of a probation hearing in courtroom 907 of the Criminal Justice Center today. Among his entourage of about 40 people? Legendary producer Kenny Gamble, Nicki Minaj (who truly needs no introduction) and, yes, Meek Mill’s grandma was there, too.
Some reporters on scene were not let into the courtroom, as after others had filed in, the rest of the seats in Judge Genece Brinkley’s courtroom were filled based on who Meek Mill’s family wanted to be there.
Meek Mill, whose legal name is Robert Rihmeek Williams, is appearing in Philadelphia court because his travels over the last year may have violated his probation agreement. His legal issues stem from gun charges he faced in 2008, for which he served eight months in prison and then agreed to five years’ probation that was lengthened due to violations.
The rapper sat in the hallway outside courtroom 907 for several minutes before heading into the courtroom (no photos are allowed in the courthouse hallway). He was dressed in a slim-fitting black suit with Christian Louboutin spiked sneakers that retail for nearly $1,300, and he greeted his dozens of supporters in the hallway of the CJC, including his grandmother, whom he hugged.
Also among the entourage of family and friends of Meek Mill’s, there were a few random people lingering in the hallway. One woman gasped when Minaj emerged from the courtroom and said, “I need to get in there to see her!” She was not let in.
After Meek Mill had already entered the courtroom, Minaj emerged from the one next to it, wearing a purple blazer, a black pencil skirt and heels. At the first part of his probation hearing on Dec. 11, Minaj — sporting a diamond engagement ring — testified she’d ensure the 28-year-oldwas working on becoming “a quote-unquote adult.”
“He never purposefully goes against rules,” she told the court, according to The Inquirer. “He absolutely wants to make this a smooth transition.”