After TMZ reported that Meek Mill would be released from prison today (April 24), Kevin Hart took to his social media account to confirm the news. The comedian apparently visited Meek in jail today with Michael Grubin the co-owner of the 76ers, and they were told that the rapper was being released.
Meek Mill took to Instagram to thank everyone from JAY-Z to his family and fans who supported him while he was behind bars. The rapper also took a moment to speak about how the injustice he faced traps people of color in the system and vowed to help. ” I understand that many people of color across the country don’t have that luxury and I plan to use my platform to shine a light on those issues. In the meantime, I plan to work closely with my legal team to overturn this unwarranted conviction and look forward to reuniting with my family and resuming my music career.”
“Meek Mill is Frrrrreeeeeeeee ….I just left from seeing him in jail with @michaelgrubin and we were just told that he is being released. Woooooooow……Stand Up Philadelphia!!!!!,” Hart captioned a photograph of the three men. It is also being reported that Hart and Grubin waited and drove the rapper from the prison.
Meek was released after the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania overruled Judge Genece Brinkley’s two-to-four-year sentence of the rapper for a probation violation. After her ruling, Brinkley received backlash for her alleged unprofessional treatment of the rapper and using her power to imprison him for allegedly doing her favors, such as remaking a Boyz II Men song or signing with her colleague’s management company over Roc Nation. The judge ruled that Meek Mill had to remain imprisoned even after prosecutors asked that the conviction be overturned when it was found out he was arrested by a cop who was allegedly corrupt.
The rapper was in jail for five months while his legal team fought tirelessly for his release.
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Christina Santi is a news and culture writer for EBONY.com. Born and raised in the Bronx, New York, she considers herself a well-read, not so traditional feminist with a heavy interest in music, fashion and pop culture. Christina currently lives in New York City, where she refers to her Cuban & Jamaican descent often while writing about her experiences as a first-generation Afro-Latinx in America. She also devotes time writing personalized reading material for her tutees and turning ideas into words for streetwear brand, PUER By Noel Bronson.