Meek Mill’s Lawyer Judge Brinkley ‘A Little Delusional’

Meek Mill

Judge Brinkley’s

‘A Little Delusional’

4/25/2018 6:59 AM PDT

EXCLUSIVE

Judge Genece Brinkley is “a little sad and a little delusional” for not removing herself from Meek Mill‘s case … so says Meek’s lawyer.

Joe Tacopina is incredulous at statements made by Brinkley’s lawyer that her honor will not recuse herself from Meek’s case. Tacopina tells TMZ, Judge Brinkley needs to reread the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s decision springing Meek from prison, noting the court said, “[Brinkley] may opt to remove herself from presiding over this matter,” then citing Pennsylvania law that says it should be done “in the interest of justice.”

Tacopina thinks Brinkley can’t take a hint … he says the Supreme Court is clearly giving her a wink and a nod that she should get out of the case.

And Tacopina scoffs at Brinkley’s lawyer’s comment that the guns and drugs conviction might not be overturned if there are cops, other than the dirty one, who might still remain credible. Tacopina says the dirty cop is the one and only one responsible for the conviction. 

Meek Mill Chilled with Villanova Squad Before 76ers Game

Meek Mill

Chilled with Villanova Squad

… Before 76ers Game

4/25/2018 6:06 AM PDT

Breaking News

Did you know … the Villanova basketball team was SUPPOSED to ring the bell at the 76ers game Tuesday night until they got bumped for Meek Mill?

It’s true … but they seemed VERY cool with the change of plans and kicked it with the freed rapper in the moments before tip off. 

The Nova players — who won the NCAA National Championship this year — were stoked to see Meek … and huddled together for a photo right before Meek went out and rang the bell

Everything worked out for everyone … the 76ers won the game — so we’re guessing Villanova will be rescheduled. 

The Handmaid’s Tale: Max Minghella On Why You Should Still Trust Nick This Season

In The Handmaid’s Tale, the 32-year-old plays Nick, a government spy and brooding love interest to Offred (Elisabeth Moss). Season one ended with (spoiler alert!) Offred being carted off to an uncertain fate. As a big, black van is about to drive her away, Nick opens the door and whispers to her, “Just go with it. Trust me.” So why, exactly, do we root for this guy again?

GLAMOUR: Last season ended on an ambiguous note. Can we really trust Nick?

MAX MINGHELLA: Yeah. I mean, I trust Nick. I stand by him! I don’t want to give anything away, but all the characters in this show are capable of doing good and bad things, which is one of the reasons it’s so compelling to watch. I think, at the root of Nick, he’s a good person. Whether he always does the right thing is a different question.

GLAMOUR: By virtue of his gender, he’s guilty until proven innocent. Thoughts?

MM: I mean, I feel all men are guilty until proven innocent, in general. Maybe that has to do with the fact that women have been subjugated for so long, or that men can be gross in a way women rarely are. Having been a man for 32 years, I’ve always had a very cynical view of my gender. I’m relieved the rest of the world is now sharing it.

GLAMOUR: The show does such a good job of showing how complicated sex can be. For example, women can still get pleasure from sex during trying times. Has the show impacted your own views about sex?

MM: I’m a big advocate of sex, and I actually like exploring it a lot! I often find myself shooting sex scenes on the show. I don’t find them to be super straightforward. We always try and make them complicated and as dense as a heavy dialogue scene. You know, there’s no reason for them to be exploitative. One of the things I thought was so fascinating when I first read this show, almost two years ago now, was that the sex in the show was often quite perverse and disturbing and multilayered, and I thought that that was a new and exciting way to approach that subject.

THE HANDMAID'S TALE, (from left): Max Minghella, Elisabeth Moss, 'Birth Day', (Season 1, ep. 102,

PHOTO: ©Hulu/Courtesy Everett Collection

GLAMOUR: Nick is the strong silent type, which can be very appealing to many women. How are you in real life?

MM: I don’t think Nick and I are super far away from each other. I mean I do think again [our showrunner] Bruce is very clever about seeing who we are as individuals and finding ways to incorporate that into the characters, especially in season two. I think we all have um an essence, which is close to who we’re playing, which makes it a lot easier.

GLAMOUR: How has being someone who listens more and understands the power of silence served you in real life—in your dating life, in any other scenarios?

MM: I don’t know if it serves me at all. I think sometimes I wish I was much more charming than I am or better in a crowd. I often feel like I don’t know what to do in sort of a large group of people, so I think I’d like to be more fun. Nick and I could both use is a bit more lightness.

GLAMOUR: You’ve said that, growing up, you were concerned with being cool. Do you regret that?

MM: I never felt “present” in high school. I was always concerned with having as much fun as possible. And I definitely thought, That’s going to be easier to do if you’re hanging out with the right people. Like, the math club is probably going to less-good parties than the football team. I don’t think I was wrong. I had an amazing time.

GLAMOUR: What’s the biggest trouble you got yourself into back then?

MM: That’s a dangerous question! I think I did cause my parents endless anxiety. I started working when I was about 16. It’s very difficult to go back living under your parents’ roof when you’ve been living on your own, and that’s when I felt a lot of tension was, but I’m going to leave out specifics…

GLAMOUR: You’ve called yourself a pop-culture whore. Go on…

MM: It’s completely true. I’m obsessed with pop culture. I really am. I’m not, like, a great intellectual. I’m a Top 40 guy, I’m really into Riverdale. I love that it’s so clean and pop-y on the surface with something so sinister underneath.

GLAMOUR: We have to ask—your best friend, Jamie Bell, married your ex-girlfriend Kate Mara. How does that work?

MM: Nobody’s ever asked me about that. I will tell you this: It’s a beautiful part of my life. I see them every single morning, and Jamie’s son is my godson. I can understand why the optics might be very confusing, but it’s not a complicated thing for us.

The Handmaid’s Tale returns to Hulu on April 25th

Prince’s Ex-Wife Mayte Garcia Slams Sinead O’Connor for Violence Accusations

Prince

Ex-Wife Slams Sinead’s Claims …

He’s Not a Woman Beater!!!

4/25/2018 12:50 AM PDT

EXCLUSIVE

Prince‘s ex-wife doesn’t buy Sinead O’Connor‘s claims he was violent toward women and abused hard drugs … because she never saw a shred of evidence to support that.

Mayte Garcia — who was married to Prince from 1996 to 2000 — tells TMZ he was never violent with her and she never witnessed him being violent with anyone … man or woman. She also says he didn’t do hard drugs while they were together, and she only saw him drunk once.

Garcia’s very skeptical of Sinead’s self-proclaimed close relationship with Prince … telling us she seriously doubts she could have known more than she did.

Mayte has a problem with the timing of Sinead’s allegations, too … because Prince wasn’t alive to defend himself.

Garcia admits she found the reports of Prince’s deadly pill stash shocking and heartbreaking, because she knew him for years and didn’t see anything like that.

But as for O’Connor’s most outrageous claim — that Prince was into devil worship — Garcia simply calls BS. She says he was spiritual and religious, but any claims of him doing something sinister are “ridiculously wrong” … adding, “I strongly deny that in his honor.”

Tekashi69’s Manager Investigated for Shootings Day of Broner Fight

Tekashi69

Manager Under Investigation

For Shootings Before & During Broner Fight

4/25/2018 12:40 AM PDT

EXCLUSIVE

Tekashi69‘s manager is under criminal investigation for two shootings that went down the day of Adrien Broner‘s fight … and the moments leading up to the incident were caught on tape.

Law enforcement sources tell us 6ix9ine’s manager, Tr3yway, is a person of interest in two separate gun-related incidents over the weekend — one that occurred during the Broner fight, and another that went down just hours earlier on the streets of Brooklyn.

We’re told police believe Tr3yway might be the person who fired a shot inside the Barclays Center after a fight broke out with Casanova‘s crew, based on surveillance video. They also think he might’ve been the guy who fired two shots 4 hours beforehand, when he was allegedly captured on video shooting at a car following Tekashi’s SUV.

Cops tell us the suspect in the footage from both incidents resembles Tr3yway.

In the footage from outside the arena, obtained by TMZ, you see what eyewitnesses tell us is Tekashi’s SUV presumably heading to Barclays. It stops suddenly, and a guy we’re told is Tr3yway hops out and runs in the opposite direction … at which point he allegedly fired. 

Sources say Tekashi got out in the vid, as well, but you can’t make out his face — or hair — ’cause he’s got a hoodie on. Criminal charges have yet to be brought against Tr3yway. Still … considering Tekashi’s crew has been linked to a THIRD shooting this week … they might wanna lay low. 

We’ve reached out to Tekashi’s camp multiple times for comment … so far, no word back. 

Meek Mill Arrives at 76ers Game, ‘I Feel Great!’

Meek Mill

Arrives at 76ers Game …

‘I Feel Great!’

4/24/2018 4:24 PM PDT

Breaking News

He made it … Meek Mill has finally arrived at Wells Fargo Center in Philly in time for the 76ers playoff game — but first things first, dude needs a shower. 

Meek arrived with 76ers co-owner Michael Rubin — who flew Meek from the prison to the arena on his private helicopter.

Once he landed, Meek and his crew got in a waiting SUV and booked it for the arena.

Meek will hit the showers — let’s face it, gotta wash that prison stench off his body — and then he’ll get his hero’s welcome before the 76ers take on the Miami Heat in Game 5 of the playoffs. 

“I feel great,” Meek said. 

Enjoy it!

Meek Mill Boards Chopper Heading to 76ers Game!

Meek Mill

Boards Chopper

Heading to 76ers Game!

4/24/2018 3:48 PM PDT

Exclusive Details

Meek Mill is out of prison … and in a helicopter heading for the Philadelphia 76ers playoff game!!!

Sources tell us the chopper belongs to 76ers co-owner Michael Rubin, Meek’s close friend who promised to personally pick him up.

Meek has about an hour to get to the arena if he wants to make it for tip off … and with this kind of air transportation, he’ll probably make it!!

The prison is about 12 miles from the arena — where the 76ers will take on the Miami Heat in Game 5 of their NBA playoff series. 

The 76ers are up 3 games to 1 and have a chance to close out the series tonight!!!

EPIC!!!!!!

Cardi B Reacts to Meek Mill Getting Released from Prison

Cardi B

Meek’s Out?

Yeeeahhh, Boyyy!

4/24/2018 4:12 PM PDT

EXCLUSIVE

Cardi B has just a few words for Meek Mill now that he’s getting out of prison — but they’re quite telling, and in the same vein as … awww sh******eeeeetttt!!!!!

We got the “Bodak Yellow” rapper Tuesday as she was heading into LAX, where we asked if she had any thoughts on the big news of the day … namely, Meek getting sprung.

We broke the story … the Pennsylvania Supreme Court overruled Judge Genece Brinkley and ordered bail be set for Meek’s immediate release. The justices cited the alleged corrupt police officer used as a “critical witness” in the rapper’s OG criminal case as a main reason.

Cardi’s clearly happy for Meek, but she’s also pretty defensive. Our camera guy asks if this moment will transform his rap career. Check out pit bull Cardi go to bat for the dude. 

‘The Truth About Cannabis’: Inside New Pro-Pot Web Doc

Ten years ago, Lindsey Ward was an aspiring filmmaker looking for his first job, when a local cannabis dispensary owner near his home in San Diego asked for his help making a film. Astounded by the wide variety of patients coming into his dispensary and lauding the benefits and relief using marijuana gave them, he wanted Ward to interview some doctors and gather as much information on the medical benefits and use of cannabis as possible.

Sure, Ward, 37, smoked weed, but he – like most of his generation – grew up believing marijuana was a harmful drug. The War on Drugs propaganda machine made sure every kid his age knew all about the supposedly terrible side effects, brain damage and myriad long term emotional and physical detriments, not to mention gang violence and sexual deviance, associated with this dangerous “gateway” drug. Having a conservative, Navy-veteran doctor for a father didn’t help things. “I knew I liked smoking weed,” Ward says, “but I always felt this deep underlying guilt when I smoked as the voices of my dad, the cops and all those D.A.R.E films echoed in my head.”

In desperate need of the job, Ward said yes to the dispensary owner, took the few thousand bucks and set out to interview a couple of doctors. What he heard during those first interviews radically changed his life and perspective on cannabis as a plant – both as a medicine and drug.

A new web docuseries, The Truth About Cannabis, scheduled to be released this summer, is the culmination of his decade-long quest to understand the true history, medical uses and current scientific knowledge of the cannabis plant. “I wanted to substantiate my own – and I think the general public’s – growing curiosity and acceptance of cannabis with facts,” Ward says. “I knew if I really wanted to do that, I had to go to the actual sources of information on both sides and speak with them face to face.” Along the way, Ward met multiple people with inspiring stories of healing, pain relief and improved quality of life through marijuana use that he felt compelled to share as well. The more he heard and saw, the more he wanted to know about the plant. “Ten years on and I’m still learning new things about the plant and meeting all these people with incredible stories about how it helps them,” he says.

The Truth About Cannabis: Trailer from Lindsey Ward on Vimeo.

In the decade since Ward began his research and interviews for the series, medicinal use of cannabis has progressed substantially as doctors across the globe are finding success using cannabis to treat a large variety of physical and mental ailments, from insomnia to glaucoma, Parkinson’s disease to PTSD. This rising tide of awareness and medical information is the surge Ward rides in The Truth About Cannabis. “It’s been an amazing journey,” Ward says. “Ten years ago there wasn’t much real scientific or medical awareness about cannabis. Now it’s progressing so quickly and the more scientists and doctors study and learn about cannabis, the more both communities are realizing how effective and safe a medicine it really is.”

The Truth About Cannabis draws directly from this deepening well of information, propelled by over 50 extensive interviews with prominent scientists, doctors, researchers, activists, governmental agencies and everyday people from around the world using marijuana to treat illness and disease. “When I first started researching cannabis there was a bunch of propaganda and misinformation floating around out there about its uses and health effects,” Ward says. “I wanted to change that and shed light on all the incredible and verifiable medical and scientific research and data that’s currently available.”

The interview list for The Truth About Cannabis is exhaustive. It includes well-known experts like Dr. Donald Tashkin, a pulmonologist and professor of medicine at UCLA who studied cannabis for over 30 years. Hired by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to prove that smoking cannabis is linked to lung cancer, Tashkin and his team found the exact opposite. “The THC in marijuana has well-defined anti-tumoral effects that have been shown to inhibit the growth of a variety of cancers in animal models and tissue culture systems,” says Dr. Tashkin, “thus counteracting the potentially tumorigenic effects of the procarcinogens in marijuana smoke.” In fact, he says, marijuana smokers are less likely to contract lung cancer than an individual who doesn’t smoke at all.

There’s Dr. Sue Sisley, a psychiatrist who’s been researching the potential of cannabis to treat PTSD. Fired by the University of Arizona in 2014 under the pretense of “funding and reorganization issues” after she received funding from the National Institute of Drug Abuse to study the positive effects marijuana use has in treating PTSD. Convinced she was fired because of her impending cannabis study, she pressed on. (The university said in a statement at the time that it would not comment on specific personnel issues, but did say that “The UA has not received political pressure to terminate any employee as has been suggested in some media and other reports.”)

Either way, her study was a success, and she was encouraged by her findings. Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors or SSRI’s – the drugs on the market for PTSD – have a number of brutal side effects, including insomnia, weight gain, impotence and suicidal thoughts or tendencies. Marijuana was able to help with the trauma, but without the harsh side effects. 

Ethan Russo- Opioids from Lindsey Ward on Vimeo.

Dr. Ethan Russo, a board-certified Neurologist and psychopharmacology researcher, offers one of the most illuminating interviews in the docuseries. Dr. Russo makes an extremely convincing argument that the use of cannabis on its own or in conjunction with opioids can reduce the dosages patients require along with the severity of opioid-induced side effects. 

Can weed be part of the solution to the current opioid epidemic? Dr. Russo certainly thinks so. “THC and CBD compounds have pain-relieving properties,” explains Russo in the interview. “When used in conjunction with opiates the help lower the opiate dosage needed, prevent development of tolerance to and withdrawal from opiates, can rekindle the opiate analgesic effect without additional opiate dosage and there’s no evidence of clinically relevant adverse drug to drug interaction between cannabinoids and opioids.” There are also no cannabinoid receptors in the area of the brain that regulates respiratory function, which is why it’s impossible to overdose and stop breathing when using marijuana. This is a major difference between opiates and cannabis and the main reason why one can kill you and the other can’t.

Some of the most potent and eye-opening interviews found in The Truth About Cannabis come from folks who are using pot to manage and treat life-threatening illnesses and debilitating diseases.

There’s a 14-year-old kid diagnosed with Crohn’s disease and a host of other complications who states he went into full remission thanks to cannabis treatment. Claiming bluntly, “cannabis saved my life.” Ward shoots hoops with an ex-professional basketball player, diagnosed with terminal cancer and given three months to live over five years ago who’s convinced the only reason he’s still alive is because of cannabis. There’s the mother of a child with a brain tumor who was told not to expect her baby to live past one – now, the child has been tumor free for four years. The victim of a horrible car accident, confined to her bed due to pain and the inability of her body to accept opioids that can walk once more and hug her children again. These are people who have no interest in “getting high,” but found an incredible amount of relief and hope through the consistent and measured consumption of marijuana. For Ward, these stories are the ones that matter.

“The story of cannabis is really the story of humanity,” Ward says. “It was one of the earliest forms of human medicine, has been used to convene with the divine by numerous cultures throughout history and offers relief for such a wide variety of physical and mental ailments plaguing the world today. That doesn’t even consider its benefits on an industrial and environmental level via hemp cultivation. The truth is out there and it isn’t going anywhere.” He stops talking and takes a deep breath, flashing a wide smile. “I sincerely hope The Truth About Cannabis helps empower people through that truth.”

76ers Owner Picking Up Meek Mill from Prison

76ers Owner

Picking Meek Mill Up From Prison

4/24/2018 1:09 PM PDT

Breaking News

Philadelphia 76ers co-owner Michael Rubin says he’s on his way to Chester State prison to personally pick up Meek Mill when he’s released … and it’s a good bet the rapper will be at the game tonight. 

Rubin and Meek have become very close — with Rubin not only visiting him several times since Meek was incarcerated, but also bringing a bunch of high-profile and influential people to the prison … including Robert Kraft, Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, Kevin Hart and more. 

Now, with Meek officially being released after 5 months … Rubin posted, “Meek Mill is free. Just left visiting Meek with Kevin Hart and I’m on the way back to pick him up as we speak #MeekIsFree #GoSixers.”

Someone just posted from Meek’s Instagram account, “Go Sixers.”

The 76ers play the Miami Heat at Wells Fargo Center in Philly for Game 5 of their playoff series … and the smart money is that Meek will be the VIP guest who gets to ring the famous bell. 

Stay tuned …