Las Vegas hotel apologizes to rapper Meek Mill after he accused them of racism
The Cosmopolitan hotel in Las Vegas has issued an apology to rapper Meek Mill after he accused them of being “racist as hell.”
Last week, the artist posted videos of an interaction with hotel staff in which he was apparently told he would be arrested for trespassing if he entered the hotel.
In a series of tweets alongside the clips, Meek Mill said he needed “lawyers ASAP” and accused the hotel of being “racist as hell,” adding, “If you come from our culture you should never step foot in the cosmopolitan hotel.”
On Friday, the hotel issued an apology for the May 25 incident, saying they did “not act in a respectful manner and were wrong.”
“Meek Mill has not had any prior incidents on our property,” the statement posted on the hotel’s Twitter page said. “The Cosmopolitan has zero tolerance for discrimination and we pride ourselves on providing an inclusive environment. We look forward to welcoming Meek Mill back to the resort.
Earlier this week, the hotel defended its actions by saying the issue was a “matter of security, not race,” and that staff was not allowing Meek Mill entrance due to capacity concerns of a club at the premises. It was unclear whether Meek Mill was trying to enter the club.
Meek Mill’s attorney called the capacity claims “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 and said he would be arrested for trespassing regardless of location in the hotel premises. The Cosmopolitan’s conduct continues to be deplorable,” Joe Tacopina said in a statement at the time.
Didier Morais, the rapper’s publicist, sent an updated statement from Tacopina which read: “We appreciate the Cosmopolitan’s apology and will no longer pursue legal recourse at this time.”
CNN’s Amir Vera contributed to this report.