Former Philly police officer sues rapper Meek Mill

Posted: June 19, 2014

FORMER Philadelphia police officer Andre Boyer is suing rapper Meek Mill for $750,000 in damages over alleged defamatory remarks that Boyer said have affected his "relationship performance" with his fiancee.

Mill sued the city, Boyer and Officer Alvin Outlaw earlier this year, claiming they unlawfully stopped, detained and arrested him on Oct. 31, 2012. A jury ruled against Mill, a/k/a Robert Williams, in May.

"I was going through emotional anguish, and the fact the case got so much publicity really affected me physically and emotionally," Boyer, who filed the suit June 3, told me. "It changed my mood and my personality, and how I converse with my fiancee."

Boyer was fired from the Police Department last August at the recommendation of an internal disciplinary board. The board cited the 17-year veteran for departmental violations over his handling of the seizure of $6,000 in cash from a man during a 2011 arrest. Boyer said he will have an arbitration hearing later this month.

Boyer did not believe his dismissal from the force would affect his lawsuit.

Mill's attorney during the previous suit, Dennis J. Cogan, did not return requests for comment.

Angelo's 'head

WIP morning-show host Angelo Cataldi has achieved something us normals can only dream of: He has his own bobblehead. The toy figurine will be sold for $20, benefiting the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 5 Survivors' Fund. Get yours at cbsphilly.com/bobblehead.

Marketing director Cindy Webster gave me the skinny on how she designed the 'head. "I had to fill out a full questionnaire describing Angelo (which was a funny process - trying to describe his nose, etc.). Originally I had him smiling. But then I changed to him 'yelling.' He looked too tame smiling," Webster told me via email.

"It's interesting doing a normal person. With a baseball player, they have a signature stance and a uniform, which makes them look more like the actual person. With Angelo, I added the microphone and the football field, and he certainly has well-defined characteristics, but it's harder than you would think to get the 'likeness.' "

OUT AND ABOUT

* Legendary gangster rapper (and all-around nice guy) Schoolly D hopped on the DO AC Nightclub on Wheels, the traveling nightclub as part of A.C.'s nightlife campaign, and took to its DJ booth to spin for lucky guests.

* Coveted Sixers prospect Andrew Wiggins and GM Sam Hinkie dined at Barclay Prime (237 S. 18th St.) on Monday night.

* Miss America Nina Davuluri dined at Buddakan Atlantic City (1 Atlantic Ocean) with a buddy over the weekend. Davuluri, who had been to Buddakan while competing for the Miss America crown last year, chowed down on Asian barbecue pork, crab fried rice and calamari salad.

* Pro wrestler Sgt. Slaughter, a/k/a Robert Remus, enjoyed a lobster roll at Legal Seafoods in the Philadelphia International Airport. The good-natured strongman even put a server in a headlock for old times' sake.

* All four members of Rain, the Beatles tribute band, chomped on cheesesteaks before a performance at the Kimmel Center last week. They stopped by Geno's Steaks (1219 S. 9th St.) for some whiz wits, while Pat's King of Steaks (1237 E. Passyunk Ave.) owner Frankie Oliveri Jr. had the faux four sign his copy of "Let It Be."

Bleed out

WMMR's Preston and Steve will host their ninth annual "I Bleed for Preston & Steve" blood drive at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center (100 Station Ave., Oaks) on Saturday. The morning-radio powerhouses will be on hand from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. to thank donors, who will get a collectible T-shirt and be entered to win a pair of tickets to see KISS and Def Leppard at the Susquehanna Bank Center on Aug. 3.

To donate, you must preregister at 800-RED-CROSS or at bit.ly/PSBloodDrive.


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