Philly Rapper Ordered to Take Etiquette Classes

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  • PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A judge has ordered rapper Meek Mill to attend etiquette classes and notify his probation officer before he takes any trips outside of the commonwealth.

    Common Pleas Court Judge Genece Brinkley on Friday told the rapper, whose real name is Robert Williams, he must complete the classes before Aug. 4, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

    The orders came at a probation violation hearing for Williams, who is on probation for a 2008 gun and drug conviction for which he was sentenced to 11 to 23 months in prison. He served eight months in jail and began five years of probation in the fall of 2009.

    Assistant District Attorney Noel Ann DeSantis said Williams’ statements on Twitter and other social media had been followed by threats to his probation officer from some of his fans.

    Williams told the judge at the contentious hearing that detailing his travel plans was difficult because many of his business activities are arranged on short notice.

    “I have my own record label with seven artists. … I do radio. I do interviews,” he said.

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