LAS VEGAS (KSNV) — A now viral video that was recorded Saturday afternoon shows rapper Meek Mill being denied entry to The Cosmopolitan before he even gets out of his car, and it’s created quite a buzz.
You can hear security tell Meek Mill he's trespassing and not allowed on their property for a previous incident.
The confused rapper took to Twitter saying the last time he was at The Cosmopolitan was five years ago and nothing happened.
The rapper says he believes he was racially profiled and kicked off the property because he’s a black rapper.
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Below is the full statement from The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas citing dayclub capacity as the reason he wasn’t allowed inside:
“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. We pride ourselves on providing an inclusive environment, with zero tolerance for discrimination. Under different circumstances, Meek Mill would be welcomed to the resort, but not at the compromise of his personal safety and the safety of our guests.” – The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
Regarding the reported incident on Saturday, May 25, 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. Upon his arrival, it was reiterated to Meek Mill and his team for a second time that access to the venue was not permitted. Meek Mill refused to depart property and was then informed that any continued attempt would result in trespassing.
Trespassing can result in arrest if any individual is non-compliant as a means to keep the resort safe and secure.
Meek Mill's lawyer Joe Tacopina has responded to The Cosmopolitan's statement with one of his own, provided to News 3 by way of Mill's publicist:
The assertion that the Cosmopolitan denied Meek because of capacity concerns at Marquee Dayclub is outright false. In the recorded video, Meek also inquired about getting a meal at one of the hotel’s restaurants, yet their security team continued to deny Meek and said he would be arrested for trespassing regardless of location in the hotel premises. The Cosmopolitan’s conduct continues to be deplorable.