Hip hop star Meek Mill will no longer participate in a discussion about prison reform at the White House on Friday after the possibility of him meeting with President Trump began to garner negative attention.
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“I was originally scheduled to be part of a panel on Prison Reform at the White House to help shed light on the issues within the system,” Mill said in a statement. “Unfortunately, the focus turned to the President and myself which concerned me that it might take away from creating a positive result from today’s discussions.
“As a result, I decided not to attend, so that the focus would be solely on fixing our prison system,” the rapper said. “Most importantly, I remain fully committed to improving our criminal justice system.”
Mill, 31, was released from prison less than four weeks ago after spending five months behind bars for a probation violation.
Fellow rapper JAY-Z was among multiple prominent African-American public figures who recently told Mill it’d be a bad idea for him to meet with Trump, according to TMZ.
Mill, 31, was initially sentenced to two to four years in prison for violating his probation, which stemmed from drug and gun charges from a 2008 arrest. He was twice arrested in 2017 while on probation — once for being involved in a fight at a St. Louis airport, and once for popping a wheelie on a dirt bike. Both charges were ultimately dropped.
Mill’s time in jail was strongly opposed by a slew of celebrities, public figures and fans who argued the rapper was failed by an unfair justice system.
It was recently revealed that the officer who arrested Mill in 2008 was included on a District Attorney’s list of cops with credibility issues. The judge who oversaw Mill’s case, Genece Brinkley, has meanwhile been accused of being unfair in her treatment of the artist.
Mill — real name Robert Rihmeek Williams — recently opened up about his mission to bring systemic change to the American justice system.
“I want people to know the situation is not about me on any level,” he told CBS News. “It’s about changing policies and doing things to protect people like myself who deserve a second chance even if you’re innocent.”