July 16, 2019
On Sunday, the U.S. State Department released a statement urging the Swedish government to treat rapper A$AP Rocky “fairly and with respect” while he is being held in a detention center.
“There are certainly some facts about the arrest and detention that raise concerns,” said the statement. “We expect all governments, including Sweden, to treat American citizens fairly and with respect. We hope to see A$AP Rocky and his colleagues back on tour and reunited with friends and family soon.”
A$AP Rocky turned himself in to Swedish authorities after being accused of suspected “gross assault” during a June 30 altercation with two men on the streets of Stockholm.
According to an Instagram post from Rocky, the men had been following him and his crew through the streets even when asked to stop following them.
“So a few drug addicts are not my fans,” Rocky wrote. “We don’t know these guys and we didn’t want trouble. They followed us for 4 blocks and they were slapping girls butts who passed, give me a break.”
A Swedish court issued a ruling that Rocky was to be held for two-weeks in pre-trial detention while the fight was investigated.
Rocky’s manager, John Ehmann, wrote on Instagram that the rapper was facing “horrific” conditions.
“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.”
“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 then, 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.”
According to the state department report, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has been briefed on the matter and many top department officials will monitor Rocky’s situation.
– MK. II