Speaking Out

Meek Mill speaks out from prison: 'I am a political prisoner'

Rapper Meek Mill tells Page Six that he is a "political prisoner" and a victim of a marred criminal justice system that holds black men in prison for crimes they did not commit.

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Back in 2008, Mill was convicted in Philadelphia for selling crack to an informant and threatening police officers with a gun — charges he has denied. Judge Genece Brinkley sentenced him to up to 23 months in jail and 10 years probation. The hip-hop star served several months of his sentence and was let out on parole.

However, he was arrested again in 2017 for "reckless endangerment" for doing wheelies on a motorbike in New York City while not wearing a helmet. While no new charges were filed, because he was still on probation, the same judge sentenced him to two to four years in jail.

This hefty sentence has ignited criticism from fellow artists like JAY-Z, who has said that "the criminal justice system stalks black people like Meek Mill."

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In a major development, it has now been alleged in court documents that Mill's original conviction was a setup by corrupt police officers. A few months ago, his arresting officer and the main witness against the rapper, Reggie Graham, was revealed to be part of a list held by the Philadelphia District Attorney of "tainted" police who had a "history of lying, racial bias, or brutality."

While Meek is still in jail, having now served five months behind bars, appeal pending, the criticism of his sentencing grows louder. The DA, the mayor and the governor all say that he should be let out on bail, however, Judge Brinkley thus far has refused.

Mill recently got on the phone with Page Six from the State Correctional Institution in Chester, Pennsylvania, to discuss the ongoing case: "I am a political prisoner. Yes, I'm frustrated there's no way in a million years I could get a fair trial in front of this judge," he said. "Yeah, I am angry, but I am a prisoner of politics — me being in this situation, has brought light to the people who are serving time because of other corrupt cops."

Mill went on to explain why he could not have pointed a loaded gun at the cops: "In the middle of a full-blown raid, do you believe that I could point a gun at two officers, when there's 10 other officers in attendance with firearms in the air?"

"Do you believe in America that I could point a gun at two officers and not be killed or at least shot at?" he asked. "They are trained … to shoot into the target and neutralize, that's why you are seeing young black men who are shot 20 times, 15 times, for reaching for their cellphone in their pocket or running from police."

"Anybody in the world — you don't even have to be a judge — knows I didn't point a gun at these cops," he continued. "I don't have a reason to point a gun at a police officer, I am not a suicidal person, I never thought about suicide, I don't want to kill myself. Pointing a gun at a cop is suicide."

"You will never even hear a lyric [from] me talking about killing a cop or shooting at a cop," he said. "Everybody knows if you are a black young kid coming up, you know don't ever lift a firearm at a cop unless you want to die. It's simple."

Along with a sworn affidavit filed in February by an officer saying that he never saw Meek point the gun, the rapper also claims that officers lied about him having sold crack to an informant.

"They [the officers] are supposed to bring the crack to court as evidence, most of the time they give the informant marked money," he said. "I didn't have any of that in my case, and she [Judge Brinkley] found me guilty on all charges. … Now there's all this evidence coming forward that the cop that testified against me is corrupt, he's not allowed to testify [again] in the city of Philadelphia," Mill explained to Page Six.

"Once officers are corrupted, they say it is fruit from a poisonous tree, anything that he ever did is poisonous, and the cases are supposed to be retried or thrown out," he added. "I did not point a gun at police … and they arrested me outside, they handcuffed me, they took me into the house and they beat me up … and when I came out my face was bloody, I had abrasions to my face … my hair pulled out of my head. The way the cops treated me, they were the thugs, they beat me, they lied about it, and they sent me to jail."

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Meek feels that the judge's bizarre interest in the case keeps him a victim of the system. He says her actions include checking up on him personally at community service, telling him that he should get a new manager for his music and inviting him and former girlfriend Nicki Minaj to her chambers and requesting he write a song about her as a judge. The judge also selected Meek's probation officer while he was on parole.

Meek told Page Six of Brinkley, "It is clearly an obsession with me because … anybody should be able to handle my case … the judge hand-picked my probation officer and then I am in trouble every time."

Judge Brinkley's attorney, Charles Peruto Jr., has vehemently denied that she has a "personal vendetta" against Meek. "It's a ridiculous and outrageous claim," he said, insisting that she is just doing her job. "If you don't want a tough judge, then don't elect them."

Meek continued to plead his case to Page Six: "But now it is not normal, I'm doing time in a state penitentiary right now for a crime I didn't do when I was 19, I'm 30 years old now. Do you think I pointed a gun at a cop? That's just as simple as it gets …. you would be dead … I was arrested by a dirty strike force. … I was locked up by corrupt cops, they think that because I am a celebrity, I'll find a way around it. No — I want justice."

"The [Philadelphia] District Attorney, Larry Krasner supports me getting bail … he isn't supporting me getting bail because I'm a rapper, or I'm a black kid, or because I make money, he's doing it because it's the right thing to do. He's familiar with these cops, he's familiar with their activities. … He knows nine times out of 10 these charges would be thrown away. He's not doing it to look good for Philadelphia, he's doing it because it's the right thing to do."

Meek (real name Robert Williams) was raised in poor conditions in North Philadelphia and grew to stardom after his 2012 debut album, "Dreams and Nightmares." But he says that he's still grounded despite the fame: "There's many other men in this situation, their lives need to be saved too, they're kidnapped from their families, locked up in a concrete and metal facility, over crimes they most likely didn't commit."

"Every day that goes by I am losing [time with] my family, I am losing millions of dollars, I am wasting time in prison on a case they know they might overturn, but [I'm told] it's a process, it takes time, they know I can't be treated special," he said.

Finally, Meek is worried about his 6-year-old son, Papi, who lives with his mom in New Jersey and is having a tough time dealing with it all.

"I've always been humble and I know God has a plan for me. I'm wasting time in here, I read, I learn, but I'm wasting time," said the rapper. "I've got a 6-year-old son who has never been suspended from school and in the five months I've spent in jail, my son has been suspended from school," Mill said. "My son uses YouTube and he sees his dad is in prison, so he thinks that's the right thing to do — be bad. I'm not there to support my son — if I'm not there to support my son, I'm wasting time as a man."

The rapper's next hearing is on Monday, April, 16, with Judge Brinkley. As of now, there are no clear signs of any progress being made toward freeing him.

Quiet down

Tristan Thompson asks judge to issue gag order in paternity case

Tristan Thompson is trying to shush the woman who allegedly gave birth to his third child. 

The NBA player filed an emergency petition in Texas on Dec. 7 that asks a judge to issue a gag order in his paternity case against Maralee Nichols, TMZ reported.

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In his court filing, Tristan claims a judge previously issued a confidentiality order orally, and he alleges that Maralee already violated those terms. Maralee, he alleges, has been doing interviews with the media, leaking personal information and speaking about both her pregnancy and Tristan on social media.

Maralee, a personal trainer, wants to "achieve some sort of notoriety and gain for herself in this lawsuit," Tristan says, adding that he wants the court to sanction Maralee for not remaining mum about the pregnancy.

Bottom line: He doesn't want anyone speaking about the case as it plays out in court.

Last week, DailyMail.com reported that Tristan was expecting his third child. While Tristan has his doubts that the child is his, he did admit in legal papers that he had sex with Maralee the evening of his 30th birthday, when he and Khloe Kardashian were still exclusively dating

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He maintains the hookup was a one-time thing, but Maralee insists the relationship lasted months. 

As part of a paternity lawsuit against the Sacramento Kings player, Maralee's lawyer filed a legal request to submit text messages purportedly sent between her and Tristan. Those messages reveal that Tristan allegedly urged Maralee to get an abortion

Maralee, who moved from Houston to Los Angeles, is suing for child support. An alleged text message from Tristan, posted to TMZ last week, showed him telling Maralee he "won't be involved" in the child's life.

TMZ also reported Tristan offered her $75,000 to stay quiet about the pregnancy.

Since news of Tristan's infidelity broke (again), there have been conflicting reports as to whether the child has been born. People magazine reported it confirmed with Maralee's rep that the baby was born last week, but TMZ reported the child is due "any day now." 

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Tristan currently shares 4-year-old son Prince Thompson with ex Jordan Craig and 3-year-old daughter True with Khloe. 

Weight goals

John Goodman walks red carpet after 200 pound weight loss

John Goodman once tipped the scales at roughly 400 pounds, but he's now literally half the man he used to be. 

It's estimated that the actor has lost 200 pounds since he was at his heaviest.

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On Dec. 6, the "Connors" star showed off his slimmed down figure while attending TUBI's "The Freak Brothers" experience at Fred Segal in Los Angeles. Stylishly dressed in form-fitting clothes, John smiled while hanging out with co-stars Pete Davidson, Woody Harrelson and Tiffany Haddish.

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Physically speaking, John has a lot to smile about. 

"In the old days, I would take three months out, lose 60 or 70 pounds, and then reward myself with a six-pack or whatever and just go back to my old habits," he told ABC. "This time I wanted to do it slowly. Move, exercise. I'm getting to the age where I can't afford to sit still anymore."

In 2018, the "Fargo" star hired a personal trainer to help keep him accountable and on track. 

"I took it slow. I just wanted to change my lifestyle. … It's an ongoing process for the rest of my life," he previously told Howard Stern. "You look in the mirror everyday and go, 'I gotta deal with this the rest of the day, I gotta deal with this schmuck?'"

In addition to exercise, John now credits portion control and sobriety as keys to his weight loss. 

Wedding invite revoked

Blake Shelton explains the 'reason' Adam Levine wasn't invited to his wedding

Open mouth, invite gone.

Many were surprised over the summer when Adam Levine was not at Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani's wedding, especially given how he's close with both the bride and groom. While appearing on Ellen DeGeneres' eponymous talk show on Dec. 6, Blake joked that the Maroon 5 singer never received the invite because of comments he made during a previous interview.

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Earlier this year, Adam appeared on Ellen's show and humorously said that he would cause a ruckus at the wedding.

"That's the reason we didn't invite him to the wedding is that interview he did on your show," Blake laughed. "It's like, 'I'm not inviting him.'"

Adam further quipped in his past chat that he didn't support the union.

"She's so cool and he's not," he said. "I'll go to the wedding and I'll object. I probably won't be invited now that I'm saying this on live television. But I'll be there somehow."

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On Dec. 6, Ellen asked the country crooner if Adam would have been invited had he not opened his mouth, Blake said, "Well, we'll never know. I purposely did not invite Adam Levine to my wedding — and I think it's funny."

In the end, the wedding — which took place at Blake's ranch in in Mill Creek, Oklahoma — was a very intimate affair. Blake estimated that, including wedding staff, less than 30 people were there.

"It was awesome," he said. "It was exactly what it needed to be."

Tragic news

Nick Cannon's newborn dies from brain tumor

Nick Cannon is heartbroken after announcing that his youngest child, Zen Scott Cannon, has died from a brain tumor.

The "Masked Singer" host shared the devastating news on "The Nick Cannon Show" on Dec. 7. He also posted the news to Instagram.

Zen, born in June 2021, was only two months old when Nick and model Alyssa Scott, the baby's mother, noticed that his head seemed large. Plus, they thought he was dealing with a sinus issue because of "interesting breathing." After consulting with medical experts, a doctor said fluid had started to build up in Zen's head and a tumor was discovered, something that required immediate surgery.

Things, though, began getting worse around Thanksgiving.

"The process sped up," Nick said, "and the tumor began to grow a lot faster."

While tearfully addressing the death, Nick said he took his youngest son to the ocean in California last weekend for "quality time." Zen died shortly after. 

Nick dedicated the show to his son.

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Zen was Nick's seventh child and the fourth of Nick's children born within six months

Nick and Alyssa previously kept Zen's medical issues private. 

After the death, Alyssa posted several videos of Zen to her Instagram Story.

Nick famously shares twins Moroccan and Monroe, 10, with ex-wife Mariah Carey; he shares 3-year-old son Golden and 11-month-old daughter Powerful Queen with model Brittany Bell; he shares 6-month-old twins Zion Mixolydian and Zillion Heir with Abby De La Rosa; and Nick and model Alyssa Scott welcomed son Zen on June 23 — just nine days after Zion and Zillion were born.

Taking sides

Chris Noth weighs in on longtime Sarah Jessica Parker-Kim Cattrall feud

Mr. Big has his woman's back!

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Amid the fanfare about the "Sex and the City" sequel "And Just Like That…," Chris Noth is weighing in on the absence of Kim Cattrall, who was one of the main characters on the long-running HBO franchise, but isn't participating in the new series. 

"I have to tell you, I have absolutely no idea what her thinking is, or her emotions. I do know that I'm very close with [Sarah Jessica Parker] and [Kim's] descriptions of her don't even come close," Chris told The Guardian. "I liked her, I thought she was marvelous in the show and some people move on for their own reasons. I don't know what hers were."

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Kim and SJP have been at odds for years, but the feud seemed to ascend to a new level of vitriol after Sarah publicly offered condolences to Kim on social media when her brother passed away in 2018.

"I don't need your love or support at this tragic time @sarahjessicaparker," Kim wrote. "Let me make this VERY clear. (If I haven't already) You are not my family. You are not my friend. So I'm writing to tell you one last time to stop exploiting our tragedy in order to restore your 'nice girl' persona."

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Chris bristles at the way the feud has played out. 

"I just wish that whole thing had never happened because it was sad and uncomfortable," he said. "I just don't like to see anyone talking down about SJ because she's a target and people can be nasty. I feel very protective of her and I was not happy about that. That's all I'll say about that."

Good deed

Pink helps dying fan complete bucket list with Zoom call

Pink has made a terminally ill fan's dream come true. 

Philadelphia native Diane Berberian, who has bone cancer and is in hospice care, had made it known that her dying wishes was to have a conversation with her hero, Pink. Through the power of social media, the "So What" singer heard of Diane's story and wanted to help her complete her bucket list. 

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Last month, Pink dialed up Diane and had a 30-minute Zoom conversation, some of which Diane posted to social media. 

"THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO TOOK THE TIME TO TRY AND MAKE CONNECTIONS… OUR DREAM CAME TRUE!!!!!" Diane captioned the video. "Pink sang 'We Are the Champions.' Will try to share later." 

During the video, Diane shared her admiration for Pink, telling the singer that her music and fierce mentality is inspirational. 

"You've made my day," Diane, a former marathon runner said. "I don't even know what's on my bucket list now, because you were so far at the top. All the other things started to happen so it's kinda like, 'Okay, I'll think of somethin' else!'" 

Pink replied, "You have a kind of bravery that I don't understand. You're bringing comfort to other people while you're walking through this." 

Diane also said she wakes up to Pink's music every day.  

"Most of my days start with the song of the day and it's a Pink song usually," she shared. "When I race, it's always a Pink song." 

Funnily enough, it was Diane who gave Pink advice at the end of the conversation. 

"Don't give up," she said, "don't stop doing what you're doing!" 

Pink replied, "Okay, I won't." 

do-gooder

Michael Sheen to use all future career earnings to help homelessness, other social causes

Michael Sheen has dubbed himself a "not-for-profit actor," as he plans to dump all of his future earnings into social causes, including homelessness. 

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Proving his commitment, the "Frost/Nixon" actor reveals he even quietly sold two of his homes in 2019 to help fund the Homeless World Cup, which uses soccer to inspire the homeless to change their lives, according to the website. 

"I had committed to helping to organize [the Homeless World Cup] and then suddenly, with not long to go, there was no money," he told the Big Issue for their Letter to My Younger Self. "I had to make a decision – I could walk away from it, and it wouldn't happen. And all those people from all around the world who were banking on coming to have this extraordinary experience, maybe a life-changing experience, wouldn't have it. I thought, I'm not going to let that happen."

The Homeless World Cup's website cites that 94 percent of players claim the tournament positively impacted their lives.

With this in mind, Michael couldn't let the lack of funding end the organization.

"I put all my money into keeping it going," he said. "I had a house in America and a house here and I put those up and just did whatever it took."

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At the time, the "Good Omens" star had no idea how that would financially affect him personally.

"It was scary and incredibly stressful. And I'll be paying for it for a long time," he said. "But when I came out the other side I realized I could do this kind of thing and, if I can keep earning money it's not going to ruin me. There was something quite liberating about going, alright, I'll put large amounts of money into this or that, because I'll be able to earn it back again. I've essentially turned myself into a social enterprise, a not-for-profit actor."

Another eye-opening moment for Michael came after filming 2011's "The Passion" in Port Talbot, a small town in Wales, United Kingdom, which happens to be his hometown.

"That project involved the entire town and it was a big awakening for me. I got to know people and organizations within my hometown that I didn't know existed. Little groups who were trying to help young carers, who had just enough funding to make a tiny difference to a kid's life by putting on one night a week where they could get out and go bowling or watch a film and just be a kid," he said. "I would come back to visit three or four months later, and find out that funding had gone and that organization didn't exist any more. That stuff doesn't make the news but it makes a massive difference to kids' lives."

He continued, "I realized the difference between that child's life being a little bit better or not was ultimately a small amount of funding. And I wanted to help those people. I didn't just want to be a patron or a supportive voice, I wanted to actually do more than that. That's when I thought, I need to go back and live in Wales again."

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Michael has a reported net worth of $16 million.

"I've realized in the last few years that I want to be one of those people who help other people the way so many people helped me. I don't want to just be someone who enjoys the fruits of what other people have done and then pull the drawbridge up and go, well I'm alright Jack, I've had a nice time," he said. "I'm at the stage of my life and career where I have a window of opportunity that will probably never be this good again. I'm able to get people in a room, I can open doors. I don't want to look back and think, I could have done something with that platform. I could have done something with that money."

Court doc reveal...

Tristan Thompson allegedly urged mistress to get abortion

Tristan Thompson wanted a woman he allegedly got pregnant to have an abortion, court documents claim. 

On Dec. 3, DailyMail.com reported that a personal trainer named Maralee Nichols is expecting a child with the NBA player. The child is due on Dec. 3. 

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As part of a paternity lawsuit against the Sacramento Kings player, Maralee's lawyer filed a legal request to submit text messages purportedly sent between her and Tristan. Those messages reveal that Tristan allegedly urged Maralee to get an abortion. TMZ reported that Tristan also offered her $75,000 to stay quiet about the pregnancy and child.

Court docs obtained by Page Six read, "It is also apparent from the context and substance of these communications that they are from Tristan to Maralee, which reflects that Tristan is addressing the parties' relationship, and even with respect to her pregnancy insisting that she get an abortion and threatening that she will get next to nothing with lesser support requirements in Texas."

Maralee, who moved from Houston to Los Angeles, is suing for child support. An alleged text message from Tristan, posted to TMZ, shows him telling Maralee he "won't be involved" in the child's life.

The lawsuit reveals that Maralee and Tristan had sex on his 30th birthday in March, when he and Khloe Kardashian were still dating. Those same documents included a declaration from Tristan in which he admitted to having sex with Maralee several times at a hotel after the pair attended a party together.

He maintained the hookup was a one-time thing, but she says the relationship lasted months. 

Page Six noted that he filed a request in July for her to take a paternity test. It's not believed that she has, but Tristan said he will pay child support if the baby is his. 

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This would be Tristan's third child, as he shares 4-year-old son Prince Thompson with ex Jordan Craig and 3-year-old daughter True with Khloe. 

Mea culpa

50 Cent apologizes after criticizing Madonna's Instagram pics

50 Cent is issuing a mea culpa to Madonna after seemingly mocking one of her Instagram posts. 

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Last week, Madge posted a series of provocative images, pictures that she claimed Instagram took down. 50 Cent saw the snaps and compared Madonna to the Wicked Witch of the East under a fallen house in "The Wizard of Oz."

Madonna didn't take too kindly to 50's words and ripped the rapper. 

"Here is 50 Cent pretending to be my friend. Now you have decided to talk smack about me!" she wrote alongside a red carpet picture with 50. "I guess your new career is getting attention by trying to humiliate others on social media. The least elevated choice you could make as an artist and an adult."

She added, "You are just jealous you won't look as good as me or have as much fun when you are my age."

Upon seeing this, 50 took to Twitter to apologize. 

"I must have hurt Madonna feelings, she went and dug up a old MTV photo from 03," he wrote. "Ok Im sorry i did not intend to hurt your feelings. I don't benefit from this in anyway i said what i thought when i saw the picture because of where i had seen it before i hope you accept my apology."

Madonna has not responded.