SANTA MONICA (CN) - Rapper Meek Mill trashed a landlord's glass house at his annual post-Grammy bash despite repeated assurances that he would hold the party somewhere else, the landlord claims in court.
BI LLC sued Robert Rahmeek Williams aka Meek Mill and Mill's manager and agent, Conah Howard, alleging fraud, trespass and breach of contract.
Mill's first studio album, "Dreams & Nightmares," debuted in 2012 at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart. He is also known for dating fellow rapper Nicki Minaj, and for throwing lavish Grammy after-parties.
BI claims that Mill and Howard rented a Bel Air mansion in January for the party and agreed to pay $80,000 for the night in rent and security deposit. The Bel Air property is owned by a third party.
After that, the defendants asked about renting a "very modern large home with a glass exterior," claiming they would hold the party at the Bel Air house and needed the plaintiff's home only as a quiet getaway during the week of the Grammy Awards.
BI says that its "glass house" is immaculate, and that it does not allow smoking, pets, parties or more than six guests unless the renter has negotiated separately to hold a party there.
It says it charged Mill $30,000 for the week, with assurances that he would hold his party at the rental house in Bel Air.
It claims that nonparty rental agent warned Mill "not to think about having the Grammy party at the Glass House property" and said police would be called if he did so without permission. And it claims that the rapper responded by offering to pay $7,500 not to call the police on the party.
Sure enough, on Feb. 8, Mill abandoned the Bel Air rental, skipped out on the $80,000 rent for that house and threw a "colossal" party at the glass house, with seven high-profile DJs and 1,000 guests, according to the complaint.
"My client didn't see this one coming, not at all," said BI's attorney, J. Scott Russo with Russo & Duckworth in Irvine.
"He's very particular. The times he has rented it out have been very high end, for TV shows, corporate events, things like that. So when this came up, it was kind of a sucker punch."
Partygoers trashed the house, damaging furniture including a $60,000 trampoline, destroyed landscaping and shattered glass doors and windows before neighbors called police, who shut the party down at 5 a.m., "leaving plaintiff with the destruction," according to the complaint.
The landlord claims there were fights, TV and tabloid reporters, and reports of a clash between gang members.
In addition to the damage, BI says it had to cancel an event later that month.
It demands punitive damages for fraud, trespass, and breach of contract.Follow @@karinapdx
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