Meek Mill’s ongoing legal troubles took a negative turn for the rapper on Thursday (Dec. 17), as a judge ruled that he violated his probation by submitting water for a urine test and breaking his travel restrictions.
Mill spent months in prison last year, and his probation from a 2009 conviction stipulated that he could not leave his native Philadelphia without permission. The rapper allegedly did not receive permission for traveling to Los Angeles for the American Music Awards last month.
Judge on Meek Mill: “I bent over backwards so he can have free range to grow his career…It didn’t work out.”— Bobby Allyn (@BobbyAllyn) December 17, 2015
Judge delays sentencing until Feb. 5. Travels restrictions in place. Judge: "You cannot perform, even if performance is in Philadelphia."— Bobby Allyn (@BobbyAllyn) December 17, 2015
“I’m don’t wanna be a criminal. I’m not a gangsta. But I’m not a perfect man … I have the potential to be greater than I am today,” Mill reportedly said in court on Thursday morning. “I hang in clubs, people from the hood, the streets, where people are not about the same things as me...I have to walk away."
However, the judge in the case ruled that the unauthorized trip was a “technical violation” of probation, and that sentencing will be delayed until Feb. 5, 2016. Mill is also not allowed to perform anywhere, including in Philadelphia.
Mill released his Dreams Worth More Than Money album last year and toured with his girlfriend, Nicki Minaj. Minaj attended the hearing in Philadelphia on Thursday.