Meek Mill Slapped With Wrongful Death Lawsuit
Just weeks after he was sentenced to up to four years in prison, the Philly rapper was slapped with a wrongful death lawsuit stemming from a December 2016 shooting. The incident occurred during a Meek concert in Wallingford, Connecticut, where Jaquan Graves, 20, and Travis Ward, 30, were fatally shot.
According to TMZ, Graves’ family is suing Meek and Roc Nation for unspecified damages. The plaintiffs claim Meek and the entertainment company should be held accountable for Graves’ death, as they “allowed thugs to remain on the premises, after exhibiting disorderly, disruptive, argumentative, angry and/or agitated behavior toward patrons.”
The family of the second victim, Ward, filed a similar lawsuit against Meek and the concert venue earlier this year. They argued the Toyota Oakdale Theatre was not properly staffed with security on the night of the deadly shooting. The family claims the venue should’ve prepared for potential violence, considering Meek’s music.
“With song titles like ‘Body Count’ and ‘Oh Kill ‘Em’ [sic] that praise indiscriminate killing and mayhem, the potential for tragic incidents like this should have been properly anticipated and planned for by Meek Mill, his concert promoters and the Oakdale Theatre,” the family’s attorney, Joel Faxon, said.
In court documents recently obtained by TMZ, Meek argues he is not responsible for the deadly shooting. He defended himself by posing a hypothetical situation in which a woman was injured by a drunk diver outside of a Bruce Springsteen concert: “Could she sue Springsteen because his songs contain lyrics like, ‘Well, I got some beer and the highway’s free’?” Meek asked, referencing the song “Sherry Darling.”
Meek has asked a judge to drop the Ward lawsuit.
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