Update: Meek Mill Continues Fight to Avoid Jail Time

Update: Meek Mill Continues Fight to Avoid Jail Time

Rapper returns to court, character witnesses testify on his behalf.

Published December 17th

UPDATE: The judge found Meek Mill in “technical violation” of his probation for breaking travel restrictions and the reported cold water he tried to pass off as urine during a drug test.  

Sentencing has been delayed pending a Feb. 5 court hearing. Meek is not allowed to leave the area or perform until then.

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PREVIOUS: Meek Mill could soon learn the result in his probation violation case. He returned to court in Philadelphia today accompanied by Nicki Minaj, family, and friends.

Character witnesses testifying on Meek’s behalf haven’t been able to sway the judge in his favor, TMZ reports. Meek was called a “role model” and a "humble" philanthropist, according to the site.

Bobby Allyn, a reporter from Philly’s WHHY, has been tweeting from the courtroom. Allyn reported that prosecutors used Michael Jackson’s “Man in the Mirror” lyrics in hopes of resonating with Meek.  

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Meanwhile, the Philly native is getting lots of support from the music community. Per Allyn's tweets, producer Kenny Gamble called him the “voice of the voiceless," while a label rep noted that Meek has a "year of philanthropy planned." 

Upon taking the stand today, Meek admitted that he had some “growing” to do. ”Before this case I was on the road to destruction,” he reportedly said. "I walk around with Queen Nicki. Things are different now. I act different. I walk different. I can be the biggest rapper in the world."

The 28-year-old rapper’s probation stems from a 2008 drug and weapons conviction. He was called to court this month for attending an awards show without permission, and a suspicious drug test

Check back with BET.com as this story develops.

In the meantime, view some of Allyn's courtroom tweets below. 

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Written by Latifah Muhammad

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