HOUSTON (CN) – A Texas woman claims in court that now-imprisoned rapper Meek Mill punched her in the face at a Houston nightclub during an argument with the club’s owner.
Cree Melvin was a patron at Dreams Lounge in Houston around 3 a.m. on Feb. 3 while Meek Mill – whose real name is Robert Rihmeek Williams – was also at the club, according to a lawsuit she filed against the rapper Wednesday in Harris County District Court.
Williams was arguing with the club owner while Melvin was sitting on a railing nearby, according to Melvin, who is represented by Leroy Scott with the Hoof Law Firm in Houston.
"Gesticulating wildly during the argument, Mr. Williams repeatedly bumped into and struck Ms. Melvin who was still seated behind Mr. Williams," the complaint states. "To avoid contact with Mr. Williams, Ms. Melvin moved farther away."
However, Melvin was unable to put any more distance between herself and Williams, so she tapped him on the shoulder "to let him know he was hitting her," according to the complaint.
In response, Williams shouted "bitch move" and hit Melvin in the face, she claims.
“Defendant then stated, ‘I’m a made n****,’ the implication being that, due to his financial and celebrity status, Ms. Melvin had no place asking him to not strike and bump into her,” the complaint states.
Melvin seeks actual and exemplary damages from Williams for claims of assault and battery.
Her attorney, Scott, did not respond Thursday to a phone call requesting comment.
Williams' attorney, Brian McMonagle with McMonagle, Perri, McHugh and Mischak PC in Philadelphia, Pa., also did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The rapper is currently serving a two to four-year sentence at the State Correctional Institute in Chester, Pa., for violating his probation in a roughly decade-old gun and drug case.
Neither Williams’ probation officer nor the prosecution had recommended jail for him, but Common Pleas Judge Genece Brinkley slammed the rapper for wasting the chances he was given to clean up his act after his original conviction.
The sentence prompted the Rev. Al Sharpton to call for Brinkley’s resignation last month, saying a broken criminal-justice system is to blame for the rapper’s imprisonment.
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