According to a new report from Complex (May 8), Roc Nation and Amazon have submitted new evidence that appears to corroborate their initial claim that the attorney representing the judge in Meek Mill's case allegedly spoke poorly of his client on tape.
As previously reported, Charles Peruto, the lawyer for Judge Genece Brinkley, filed a lawsuit against the two companies claiming that they secretly taped him after they agreed to having an off-the-record conversation. The parties had met to interview Peruto for a docs-series centering on the Philadelphia rapper.
In the audio, which was later leaked, Peruto can be heard saying that Brinkley looked "f—ing awful" and that she should have freed Meek and granted him a new trial. During his claim, Peruto alleges that the audio was not authentic and the producers of the six-part "Free Meek" docu-series on Amazon had manipulated his words.
According to court documents obtained by Complex, the plaintiff alleges that "These illegally intercepted and digitized oral communications were then edited and leaked to the press so that Peruto's off the record words would be manipulated against him and his client, Judge Brinkley and to maliciously further the defendants' own agenda in maximizing the buzz and profitability of the upcoming Meek Mill Documentary Series."
As previously reported, Judge Gerald McHugh ordered that the audio undergo a forensic examination to confirm its authenticity.
Per Complex, court documents show that Roc Nation and Amazon have submitted new evidence that claims the audio was real, with two forensic experts, Catalin Grigoras and Jeff Smith, further supporting the situation.
"Even though they are recompressed into different formats, their content accurately reflects the dialogue recorded in the original evidence files," the court documents read.
Now it's up to the judge to decide whether or not Peruto's lawsuit will be dismissed in light of the new findings. Peruto was initially hired by Brinkley as representative after she accused Meek Mill's camp of defamation in the aftermath of the controversial sentencing that sent Meek Mill back to prison for a probation violation in 2017.