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In October 2012, rapper Meek Mill was supposed to be celebrating the release of his first album, Dreams & Nightmares in his hometown of Philadelphia. Unfortunately, on that same day, he was arrested when he was pulled over in his Range Rover SUV. He is now suing the city and two police officers for false imprisonment.
Meek, whose real name is Robert Williams, claims that the officers imprisoned him for nine hours after pulling him over and posted photos of him in custody on Instagram and other social networking sites. According to Courthouse News Service, Meek claims that they pulled him over “without cause or justification” on Oct. 31.
He was not charged with anything and the incident caused him to miss an appearance in Atlanta the next day, the complaint alleges.
Philly.com reports that Meek is looking for punitive damages and compensation, including the deposit he lost on the private jet he booked for Atlanta.
In addition, the complaint claims that Meek suffered “the loss of numerous sponsorships and endorsements; the loss of plaintiff's solitude, seclusion and privacy; the anxiety and embarrassment associated with plaintiff being placed in a false light; and the anxiety and embarrassment of being seized, detained, confined and imprisoned against plaintiff's will.”
MTV News notes that Meek tweeted about the incident when he was released, writing, “Cops just harassed and violated me last night in Philly just for being famous.”
Police would not comment on the case.