Kevin Hart joins Jay-Z in supporting Meek Mill after the rapper is sentenced to prison for violating probation
Actor Kevin Hart has thrown his support behind troubled rapper Meek Mill, who has been sentenced to two to four years in prison for violating his probation.
Kevin posted a photo of him with the rapper, saying: “Praying for my brother @meekmill right now. God sometimes puts the toughest battles on his strongest soldiers.
“I’m here for you man!!!! My brother for life…Always here for you man!!! This storm will pass…Stay strong & keep your head up.”
He joins a throng of stars who are standing by Meek – real name Robert Williams – following the sentencing, after Jay-Z led the support.
Fellow rapper T.I also addressed the ruling, saying he, too, was sticking by his friend.
He took to Instagram on Monday evening, saying: “Was wit u then & WE STILL WIT U NOW!!! This too shall pass. You got this!!!
“God places the heaviest loads on the strongest backs. We got real love for u out here KING.[sic]”
Jay-Z first addressed his sentence, calling it “unjust and heavy handed”.
He released a statement on Facebook: “The sentence handed down by the judge – against the recommendation of the Assistant District Attorney and Probation Officer – is unjust and heavy handed.
“We will always stand by and support Meek Mill, both as he attempts to right this wrongful sentence and then in returning to his musical career.”
Jay’s Roc Nation label manages the rapper, while it was also said the two were working on a collaboration.
On Monday Philadelphia judge, Genece E. Brinkley, cited a failed drug test and unapproved travel, stemming from a 2008 gun and drug case in passing down the sentence. The rapper was immediately taken into custody.
Brinkley said she had given Nicki Minaj’s ex multiple chances but he hasn’t complied. According to evidence from probation officers, the rapper tested positive for narcotics numerous times.
The sentence was unexpected as prosecutors recommended the star not be imprisoned for the probation violations, mentioning he’s been drug-free since January and has complied with most requirements of probation.
On appealing the decision, his defense attorney Brian McMonagle said: “You’re goddamn right I am.”
Meek has been arrested twice this year. He was arrested in March at St. Louis International Airport and charged with misdemeanor assault after an altercation with two airport employees.
In August, he was stopped for reckless endangerment while driving his motorcycle in New York City. Both cases were dropped after he agreed to fulfill community service requirements.
Brinkley has worked with the rapper since nearly a decade ago, when the rapper was convicted and jailed for eight months and later placed on probation in 2008 for gun and drug charges.
In 2016, he was placed under house arrest for 90 days after violating travel restrictions.
Thanks to: mirror – US gossip