During his visit to The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Meek Mill was stopped by security, who would not let him enter the property. Security told Meek that if he got out of the car, he would be arrested.
In a series of tweets and videos, Meek Mill documented his encounter with the security team at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. According to him, the rapper visited the hotel Saturday afternoon in order to attend a DJ Mustard day concert there, but security staff would not allow him the building.
— Meek Mill (@MeekMill) May 26, 2019
“If you come from our culture you should never step foot in the cosmopolitan hotel they just really racist as hell …. something really has to be done in Las Vegas what they doing to black people,” Meek Mill tweeted.
Meek then asked the guard why they had threatened him with an arrest, and questioned the reasoning behind the ban.
The employee’s response? “We have the right to do that.”
If you come from our culture you should never step foot in the cosmopolitan hotel they just really racist as hell …. something really has to be done in Las Vegas what they doing to black people!
— Meek Mill (@MeekMill) May 25, 2019
The Cosmopolitan said in a statement to 3 News Las Vegas, “As a matter of company policy, we do not comment on legal matters. Our guests’ safety and security always remains our top priority.”
Meek Mill’s lawyer Joe Tacopina later wrote in a demand letter given to TMZ, “We have learned that the Cosmopolitan maintains a list of African American recording artists who should be denied access for no other reason than than their culture and skin color. Such course of conduct constitutes discrimination per se, in violation of state and federal law, and exposes you to significant monetary damages.”
The letter also warned the Cosmopolitan, “We urge you to promptly issue an apology to Mr. Williams and grant him immediate access. In the event you fail to heed this one and only warning, we intend to pursue all legal recourse against you.”