Rapper Meek Mill sent to prison for the second time
Rapper Meek Mill has been sentenced to three to six months in prison for violating his parole conditions.
The hip-hop star, whose real name is Robert Williams, is currently in custody after state prosecutors became concerned about "a number of recent incidents", according to the Philadelphia Daily News.
The rapper was on probation after being convicted in 2008 of offences related to gun and drug charges. He served eight months in jail then and began spell of five years of probation in the autumn of 2009.
Sentencing the rapper, Common Pleas Judge Genece E. Brinkley noted that he had failed to gain the court's permission to book concerts away from Philadelphia, failed to provide his probation officer with a working phone number and posted disparaging remarks on Twitter about his probation officer.
Speaking to the court, Brinkley said: "After all these years of me trying to help him move his career forward . . . I believe he is thumbing his nose at me and at the probation office."
Mill has been forced to cancel a series of gigs, including a big homecoming show in Philadelphia, as a result of his incarceration.
He is due to release his new album Dreams Worth More Than Money in mid-September via Rick Ross's label Maybach Music, a date Ross has said he will honour.
He said in a statement: "His album is coming. We ask that the fans and the media continue to support him and his music during this time. He’ll be home soon. 'Dreams Are Worth More Than Money,' and family is worth more than Everything. MMG FOR LIFE."