Meek Mill did not attend the prison reform summit at the White House yesterday, May 18. He spent five months in prison before he got released in April. He was locked for violating his probation linked to a 2008 drug and gun bust.
His punishment was considered by many too harsh and Judge Genece Brinkley was even accused of having a personal vendetta against the man.
Since he got released from jail, Meek has spoken about prison injustice and criminal justice reform, and he was also scheduled to discuss the matters at the White House.
But, it seems that he has decided to drop out of the summit because he feels that the focus turned away from the issue mad eventually became a spotlight for himself and the controversial U.S. president Donald Trump.
‘I was originally scheduled to be part of a panel on prison reform at the White House to help shed light on the issues within the system,’ he told TMZ.
‘Unfortunately, the focus turned to the President and myself, which concerned me that it might take away from creating a positive result from today’s discussions.’
‘As a result, I decided not to attend so that the focus would be solely on fixing our prison system,’ he added.
‘Most importantly I remain fully committed to improving our criminal justice system.’
It was also reported that Jay-Z contacted Meek earlier this week and urged the rapper to reconsider the whole White House appearance, insisting a meeting with Trump could potentially harm his image.