A petition for rapper Meek Mill's release collected over 100K signatures as calls for his freedom grow louder.
The petition calls on Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf to release the 30-year-old rapper on probation.
Mill, whose real name is Robert Rihmeek Williams, was sentenced to 2-4 years in prison on Monday for consistently violating his probation following two misdemeanor arrests earlier this year.
He began serving his sentence at the state prison at Camp Hill, near Harrisburg, Pa., where he is known simply as inmate # ND8400.
Philadelphia Judge Genece Brinkley surprised the legal community by sending the troubled rapper to prison despite recommendations of no jail-time from probation officers and Mill's attorneys.
Celebrities including rapper Jay-Z slammed the prison sentence as too harsh. In a Facebook post immediately after the decision, Jay-Z called the judge's ruling "unjust and heavy-handed."
Mill's lawyer Joe Tacopina told Billboard.com he believes the judge is smitten with the lanky rapper who dated rapstress Nicki Minaj last year.
“She’s enamored with him,” Tacopina said. “She showed up at his community service for homeless people.”
Tacopina told TMZ that the judge asked Mill to shout her out on a track.
“It’s some sort of an obsession. And when a judge says to someone, Can you re-record a song, mention my name and do a shout-out to me, and he says no? Great, now what kind of position is he in?"
Mill’s other lawyer, Brian J. McMonagle, plans to appeal the judge's ruling.
Judge Brinkley, who graduated with honors from Atlanta's Spelman College, has not commented on the whirlwind of controversy.
But a court spokesperson released a statement on her behalf, saying, “Because this matter is subject to future litigation, there will be no comment at this time.”
Brinkley has overseen Mill's case for a decade, since his arrest at age 19 on drug and weapons charges. She encouraged him to take etiquette lessons after he criticized her on social media.
Brinkley reportedly revoked his probation after he traveled out of state numerous times without her permission and his urine tested positive for the pain narcotic Percocet.
One celebrity who isn't rushing to Mill's defense is his ex-girlfriend Nicki Minaj, who tweeted "don't drop the soap".
Photos by Rick Davis / Splash News, Pennsylvania Dept. of Corrections