Earlier this month, Philadelphia MC Meek Mill (born Robert Williams) was sentenced to two to four years in state prison following a probation violation for a 2008 gun and drug conviction. Both Mill’s musical peers and the public have offered support, feeling that the ruling from Court of Common Pleas Judge Genece Brinkley was unjust.
Now, the FBI has allegedly opened a case against Brinkley to determine whether she acted inappropriately towards Meek in court. As Page Six reports, the probe is set to examine judge Brinkley’s relationship with Charles “Charlie Mack” Alston, a Philadelphia producer Meek had worked with earlier in his career.
Legal documents filed by the rapper’s lawyers, Brian McMonagle and Joe Tacopina, claim that Brinkley had suggested the rapper exit his Roc Nation management deal and sign with Mack, in addition to requesting a shout-out on a hypothetical cover of Boyz II Men’s “On Bended Knee,” a group Mack manages.
As Tacopina told TMZ of the request, Brinkley is reported to have said, “I’m not kidding,” telling Meek, “okay, suit yourself,” upon his refusal to record the song.
As a source told Page Six, “the feds have an interest in the judge and [her]potential relationships. This is an investigation looking into a possible extortionate demand. Undercover agents have been in the courtroom monitoring the Meek proceedings since April 2016.”
The source also added that “Mack had previously told Meek how he ‘knows the judge and he could help him with his case.’ ”
Mack told the publication that he doesn’t know Brinkley, saying, “I’ve spent more time talking to you than I ever talked to the judge. There is no conspiracy, Meek is an old friend of 30-plus years.” When asked by reporters if he would appeal the sentence, McMonagle responded, “You’re goddamned right I am.”
Meek Mill’s most recent LP, Wins & Losses, arrived in July of this year.