Details of the rapper’s court appearance bubbled online Friday evening.
In a contentious hearing, a Philadelphia judge on Friday ordered up-and-coming rapper Meek Mill to attend etiquette classes and provide his probation officer with details of all travel plans. Common Pleas Judge Genece E. Brinkley told Meek Mill, also known as Robert Williams, that he must complete the classes before Aug. 4 and notify his probation officer, Treas Underwood, any time he wants to travel outside of Pennsylvania. Those orders came at a probation violation hearing for Williams, who is on probation for a 2008 gun and drug conviction. He was sentenced to 11 to 23 months in prison. Williams served eight months in jail and began five years’ probation in the fall of 2009. (Philly)
Additional reports claim Meek’s probation officer has received threats in light of his actions on social media outlets like Twitter.
Assistant District Attorney Nicole A. DeSantis told the judge that Williams was prolific on Twitter and other social media. As a result of some of his pronouncements, she said, Williams’ probation officer had received threats from Williams’ followers via social media. At times, the exchanges between Williams’ lawyer, Gary Silver, and DeSantis grew heated. At one point, the court stenographer asked them to speak one at a time. The judge said Williams needed etiquette classes to refine his use of social media and to help him explain the nature of his business to the court. She recommended that Philadelphia radio host Dyana Williams conduct the classes because of her knowledge of the music business. The judge said the etiquette classes were “more important than any concerts he might have.” (Philly)