Rapper ASAP Rocky has been in Swedish police custody since early July. He is being investigated for his involvement in a fight that occurred before his appearance at a music festival in Stockholm.
A video published on social media showed the platinum-selling, Grammy-nominated artist, belligerently throwing a person onto the ground. A defense lawyer said that the rapper’s actions were purely defensive. Rocky, whose real name is Rakim Mayers hails from the neighborhood of Harlem in York city. Many celebrities rally support for Rocky including Kim Kardashian West, Kanye West, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Justin Bieber, Jada Pinkett Smith, Nicki Minaj, and Post Malone.
I want my friend out.. I appreciate you trying to help him. But while your at it @realDonaldTrump can you also let those kids out of cages?
— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) July 20, 2019
After being consulted by first lady, Kanye West, and Kim Kardashian West, Donald Trump said that he is working to free the American rapper, ASAP Rocky. Trump tweeted that he will be calling the very talented prime minister of Sweden to see what can be done to help ASAP Rocky.
Trump also said that there are so many people who would like this quickly resolved. Congressmen Adriano Espaillat is also trying for the early release of the rapper. He has been in contact with the state department and the US embassy in Sweden for quite some time.
According to one of senior administration officials, it was Kardashian West who reached out to Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor Jared Kushner and told him about the situation on behalf of her husband. Kushner then briefed Trump, who directed Mike Pompeo to see what could be done. The state department said that it was following the case but did not reveal any details citing privacy considerations. Kardashian West was later seen thanking Trump, Pompeo, and Kushner via twitter.
Thank you @realDonaldTrump , @SecPompeo, Jared Kushner & everyone involved with the efforts to Free ASAP Rocky & his two friends. Your commitment to justice reform is so appreciated 🙏🏼🤞🏼 https://t.co/Ym1Rzo5Z6c
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) July 18, 2019
Rocky’s lawyer said that he was aware of the president’s comments and was very thankful for everyone who has read out to show their support for him. Trump revealed to reporters in Oval Office that it was his wife who had initially been brought the case to his attention. He did not mention anything about Kardashian West or Kushner to the reporters.
Stockholm’s District Court decided on Friday that Rocky would remain in custody for one more week so that police could complete their investigations. The police have been given a deadline of July 25 for completing their investigations. Rocky’s attorney said that the decision was unjust, but he remains confident in his case.