On Saturday, Meek Mill was denied entry into the Cosmopolitan hotel in Las Vegas, in an incident the rapper claimed to be racially motivated. However, in response, the hotel chalked the confrontation up to overcrowding.
“At The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, the safety and security of our guests is our top priority. The recent situation regarding Meek Mill related to a matter of security, not race, and any reports citing otherwise are false,” the statement read, adding, “Regarding the reported incident, Marquee Dayclub had reached capacity per Las Vegas Fire Marshall code. Earlier that day, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police had been called onsite to manage a larger than usual venue crowd. Accordingly, when Marquee Dayclub was contacted in advance of Meek Mill’s arrival, security staff clarified that he would not be granted access because of capacity issues, in accordance with both club and resort policy.”
In turn, Meek’s attorney, Joe Tacopina, called the hotel’s capacity explanation “outright false,” highlighting the fact that Meek was denied access to the hotel’s restaurants. “Show us one other incident where a white individual was denied hotel club access or access to the grounds because Marquee was full?”
But now, amid the back and forth, Tacopina is planning to sue the hotel for “heavy monetary damages” for “lying and humiliating Meek.” According to TMZ, Tacopina says he’s also identified two other black rappers who have had similar issues with the hotel, and he’s planning to “take this place down because of what they did.”
In fact, Yo Gotti, one of the two rappers on Tacopina’s list, explained to TMZ that The Cosmo is not the only Vegas hotel that has discriminated against black people. “It’s a disgrace that these establishments continue to judge us by the color of our skin and our professions instead of recognizing our artistry and dedication to our communities,” Gotti said. “I stand with Meek Mill and all my peers in the hip-hop community that have been disrespected by places like the Cosmopolitan.”