Roc Nation and Amazon have introduced new critical evidence in their ongoing legal battle against the attorney representing the problematic judge in Meek Mill’s case, Genece Brinkley.
Brinkley’s attorney A. Charles Peruto Jr. sued the companies in 2018 over leaked audio in which he is heard bashing his own client.
Judge Brinkley, who sentenced Meek Mill to two-four years in prison over a probation violation, became the subject of a six-part documentary series which was produced by Roc Nation and Amazon. Peruto, who represented Judge Brinkley after she accused Meek and his camp of defaming her, was one of many associates who agreed to be interviewed for the docu-series.
According to Complex, during his interview, Brinkley’s attorney was recorded criticizing the judge’s handling of the case and said Meek should’ve received a new trial: “Let me tell you something, that was hard to do because defending this judge . . . She looks f**king awful,” Peruto was heard saying in the leaked audio.
He later claimed that his scathing comments were “off-the-record,” and accused the producers of editing the audio and sharing it with the media in an attempt to generate publicity around their series.
“These illegally intercepted and digitized oral communications were then edited and leaked to the press so that Peruto’s off the record words would be manipulated against him and his client, Judge Brinkley,” the plaintiff alleged in court documents obtained by Complex, “and to maliciously further the defendants’ own agenda in maximizing the buzz and profitability of the upcoming Meek Mill Documentary Series.”
The judge presiding over the case, Judge Gerald McHugh, eventually asked that the audio undergo expert analysis to determine whether or not the audio had been doctored.
Two forensic experts hired by the defense team concluded that the audio was in fact, authentic.
The defendants will now wait to see if Judge McHugh will dismiss Peruto’s lawsuit based on the forensic report.