In the midst of his current legal struggles,Meek Mill is facing another wrongful death suit.
While he’s only weeks into his controversial two to four year prison sentence for violation of his probation, Meek has been hit with a wrongful death suit stemming from a December 2016 shooting at his concert in Wallingford, Connecticut. Jaquan Graves, 20, and Travis Ward, 30, were fatally shot at the show.
Now, TMZ reports that Graves’ family is suing the Philly rapper for unspecified damages. The family claims Meek and the entertainment company should be held accountable for Graves’ death, because they “allowed thugs to remain on the premises, after exhibiting disorderly, disruptive, argumentative, angry and/or agitated behavior toward patrons.”
Earlier this year, the family of Ward, the other victim, file a similar claim against Meek and the concert venue, arguing that the Toyota Oakdale Theatre was not properly staffed with security on the night of the fatal shooting, considering the tone of some of Meek’s music.
“With song titles like ‘Body Count’ and ‘Oh Kill ‘Em’ [sic] that praise indiscriminate killing and mayhem, the potential for tragic incidents like this should have been properly anticipated and planned for by Meek Mill, his concert promoters and the Oakdale Theatre,” the family’s attorney, Joel Faxon, said.
TMZ obtained court documents in which Meek argues he’s not responsible for the shooting. He posed a hypothetical question involving Bruce Springsteen in his defense, asking that if a woman were injured outside of one of the rocker’s concerts by a drunk driver, could she still sue?
“Could she sue Springsteen because his songs contain lyrics like, ‘Well, I got some beer and the highway’s free’?” Meek asked, referencing the song “Sherry Darling.”
Meek has asked a judge to drop the Ward lawsuit.