Las Vegas hotel responds to Meek Mill’s accusation of racism

The Cosmopolitan Hotel insists that the hotel was over capacity; Meek Mill’s team refutes this.

May 27, 2019
Las Vegas hotel responds to Meek Mill’s accusation of racism Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for TIDAL

Over the weekend, Meek Mill accused Las Vegas’ Cosmopolitan Hotel of racism and racial profiling after being turned away from the hotel for “trespassing.” In a video he posted to Twitter, Meek can be seen arguing with hotel staff about attempting to enter the venue, with a security guard telling him that he’ll be arrested if he continues to attempt to enter the hotel. In the video, hotel staff say Meek isn’t allowed into the hotel due to a prior incident in the hotel’s lobby; Meek denies the incident ever happened.

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After the weekend’s incident, Meek’s lawyer, Joe Tacopina, sent a letter to the hotel accusing them of maintaining a list of black rappers that they deny entry to the hotel. The letter asks the hotel to make an apology to Meek or face legal action from the rapper and his team.

Now, the Cosmopolitan has spoken to TMZ, telling them that Meek was attempting to enter a full-capacity room of the hotel — the Marquee Dayclub — and that security were simply adhering to capacity policy. (In Meek’s footage, the Cosmopolitan’s security guard fails to mention capacity issues.)

Tacopina responded to the Cosmopolitan’s statement via Complex, saying “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 … The Cosmopolitan’s conduct continues to be deplorable.”

Las Vegas hotel responds to Meek Mill’s accusation of racism