A$AP Rocky’s arrest in Sweden earlier this month attracted the attention of celebrities and politicians alike. The rapper, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, has been in a Swedish jail since July 3 and was initially charged with suspicion of aggravated assault.
As he awaits the next steps in the legal process, intervention is coming in the form of Kanye West, his wife, Kim Kardashian West, and the POTUS, Donald Trump. Somehow, they are working together in efforts to resolve the case and bring the rapper back home to the US, ASAP.
A quick recap of events
While in Sweden to perform at a music festival, A$AP Rocky and members of his team got into a physical altercation with a local, and part of it was caught on film. The rapper was seen punching the man and tossing him across the street. To provide context, he shared his own footage on social media of the alleged victim and his friend harassing him and his entourage as they walked down a street. In the videos, they kept telling the man to leave them alone and at one point, the man hit ASAP’s bodyguard.
A fight broke out sometime after, and four people, including A$AP Rocky, his bodyguard, and the alleged victim were arrested and detained. The bodyguard has since been released from jail.
Judge deemed A$AP Rocky a flight risk
The BBC reported that on Friday, July 19, a Swedish judge ordered A$AP Rocky to remain in jail another week as prosecutors continue to investigate the crime. This follows an earlier decision to keep him in custody for two weeks for the same reason. In spite of pressure this past week from American diplomats and celebrities, this was the judge’s ruling.
Typically, prosecutors have up to 72 hours after an arrest to decide how they’ll proceed in a case. It’s been weeks for the rapper, and because of his status as a non-citizen and celebrity artist, A$AP Rocky is considered a flight risk. He and the man he’s accused of assaulting are still in jail.
ASAP’s Swedish attorney, Sloban Jovicic, told ABC News:
“This is unjust because he is incarcerated because the prosecutor is applying the rule of ‘flight right.’ There is no risk for flight risk or escape because A$AP would never jeopardize his career, brand, support from his fans, friends and celebrities all over the world.”
How POTUS, the Wests, and others are getting involved
Amid claims that the rapper’s being held in inhumane conditions, fellow artists like Meek Mill, A$AP Ferg, fans, and political figures are speaking up. Kim Kardashian West tweeted that she and her husband, Kanye, contacted President Donald Trump to request help in securing A$AP Rocky’s release. While Trump stated that he reached out to the country’s prime minister, there’s been no word from Swedish authorities on whether the rapper will be released sooner rather than later.
The US State Department confirmed that Carl Risch, Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs, traveled to Sweden, and members of Congress, including the Congressional Black Caucus, are also involved with ASAP’s case. Additionally, there are several change.org petitions circulating that urge the rapper’s release.
As it stands, A$AP Rocky will remain jailed until July 25, which is the date of his next hearing. His attorney is optimistic but believes prosecutors will press charges. They plan to argue self-defense.