A$AP Rocky Facing 2 Years In Swedish Prison On Assault Charges

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Rapper A$AP Rocky has been charged with assault following an incident that occurred in Sweden on June 30th. Despite President Donald Trump’s attempts to release the rapper from Sweden, on Thursday, A$AP Rocky was formally charged in a Swedish court of law.

According to TMZ, the altercation broke out before a festival the rapper was set to perform at in Stockholm. Video from the site showcased that A$AP Rocky and his two bodyguards brawled with the two men. However, later it came out that the two were following Rocky, and a woman nearby said the men had “groped” her earlier. Another source says Rocky “broke” one of the men’s headphones.

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Video shared on social media does not showcase who started what, but shows the aftermath of the incident—where Rocky and his two bodyguards are beating on the two men.

Prosecutor Daniel Suneson said that A$AP Rocky was “suspected of assault causing actual bodily harm, having come to the conclusion that the events in question constitute a crime and despite claims of self-defense and provocation.”

Since being arrested, many celebrities on social media have spoken out in hopes to free Rocky.

Kim Kardashian and her husband, Kanye West, have been working with President Donald Trump trying to get Rocky released.

Rapper G-Eazy, who was previously arrested in Sweden on assault charges, spoke out about the “racial” issues going on in Rocky’s case—stating he was released because “he’s white.”

The rapper’s manager wrote on social media:

“Video footage shows the assailants following Rocky, while he pleads to them that he does not want any issues. Rocky volunteered to go to police for questioning. On the day of his arrest, I spoke with the U.S. Embassy Consult who informed me that his request to visit Rocky was rejected by police, which violates article 36 of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, to which Sweden is a signatory.”

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Friends – We are currently in Stockholm where Rocky is being detained for operating in self-defense following an altercation that occurred on 6/30, when Rocky, his bodyguard and two performers were harassed and physically assaulted by a group of men in the area. The conditions of the facility are horrific and include 24/7 solitary confinement, restriction of amenities for the most basic of human functions, lack of access to life sustaining food as well as unsanitary conditions. Video footage shows the assailants following Rocky, while he pleads to them that he does not want any issues. Rocky volunteered to go to police for questioning. Rocky and his colleagues were arrested on-site. On the day of his arrest, I spoke with the U.S. Embassy Consult who informed me that his request to visit Rocky was rejected by police, which violates article 36 of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, to which Sweden is a signatory. Since, he has been allowed to visit with a U.S. Embassy Consult and attorney, but only in the presence of Swedish officials. It is troubling and worrisome that the laws are not being applied equally. Sadly, it appears the prosecutor in this case is looking for his own recognition by trying to make a name for himself based on Rocky’s global fame. On Monday, we filed an appeal with the Swedish Supreme Court to have Rocky released from the inhumane conditions and the clear violation of human rights. They rejected the filing, which means Rocky will remain in prison for two weeks. The prosecutor on the case has further communicated that he is working to receive an additional two week extension for a trial to begin in mid – to end of August. For a man that has not been proven guilty to go through these conditions, while visiting a country to headline their festival, is troublesome. To keep Rocky and his colleagues in jail is punishment before due process. Please support us by joining the #JusticeForRocky movement and sign our petition. Link in bio. Thank you for hearing our story and keeping it front of mind. JE

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Whether or not the rapper will have to serve time in a Swedish prison is unknown at this time. However, his manager says he’s being held in “inhumane” conditions, including 24/7 solitary confinement.

h/t: NPR.