*Meek Mill’s legal woes are hurting him where it counts, his bank account. The judge in his latest battle with the courts has prohibited him from traveling or performing until his February 5 sentencing, resulting in a loss of income worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Here’s a brief recap of Meek’s criminal history: he was arrested for “illegally possessing a firearm and assaulting the police when he was 18, resulting in probation.” Since then, he has been arrested four times for parole violation.
In 2008, Mill was “convicted of drug dealing and gun possession and was sentenced to 11 to 23 months in prison. He was released during the early portion of 2009 under a five-year parole agreement. In December 2012, Meek was found to have violated his probation and the judge revoked his travel permit.”
Which leads us to his most recent violation, Meek failed to procure a travel request in order to attend the 2015 American Music Awards in Los Angeles. He was found guilty of violating parole, and the judge scheduled a Feb. 5 hearing. While he awaits whether or not the judge will sentence him to prison, he’ll also be missing out on several lucrative deals, including a starring role in a Will Smith-produced film, Page Six reports.
Known for his love of dirt bikes, Meek was a front-runner to portray Wheelie Wayne in “12 O’Clock Boys,” an upcoming film produced by Will Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment. The film is as an adaptation of a 2013 documentary of the same name about dirt bikers in West Baltimore.
According to Page Six, Mill’s November trip to Hollywood to meet with the producers was cancelled “because he had to take a urine test as part of his probation just four days after a previous test.”
Meek sources say the rapper scheduled a slew of gigs before a Pennsylvania judge prohibited him from leaving the state. TMZ reports that not only is he losing money by not performing at concerts, (including a NYE performance that he and Nicki booked in Vegas), he’s shelling out tens of thousands every month leasing a house with Minaj, which is now off-limits to him. He’s also unable to record at an L.A. recording studio that he pre-booked for $15k a week.