Rocky has been detained in Sweden following a fight last month.
President Trump said Friday it was going to speak with Sweden's prime minister to try to help free rapper A $ AP Rocky, who has been in prison since he was involved in "Just spoke to @ KanyeWest about his friend A $ AP Rocky's incarceration," Trump tweeted Friday. "Klingashian West and Kanye West have been lobbying Trump for a $ AP Rocky. So many people would like to see this quickly resolved!" and other senior members of his administration to get involved in the 30-year-old's case.
Rocky, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, allegedly got into a fight on June 30 with two men who had been harassing the artist and his entourage. According to TMZ, which first reported the brawl and obtained video of the incident, the rapper was talking intensely with two men who kept following him and his group because Rocky allegedly broke a pair of their headphones. A woman then accused the two men of grabbing her, and when allegedly rocky and his entourage got physical.
Rocky's attorney and manager said that the artist acted in self-defense after
"a group of men" continued to follow, harass, and then physically assault them.
"Video footage shows the assailants following Rocky, while he did not want any issues. Rocky volunteered to go to police for questioning," John Ehmann, the New York-based rapper's manager, said on Instagram. "On the day of his arrest, I spoke with the US Embassy Consult who informed me of 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." 19659011] On Thursday, Kardashian West thanked the president, secretary of state Mike Pompeo, and senior adviser Jared Kushner for their efforts to free the rapper and his two associates.
The West's have a close relationship with the White House. In May, BuzzFeed News reported that Kardashian West helped free 17 federal prisoners from jail in the span of three months after a highly publicized meeting with Trump and Kushner about criminal justice reform. Last year, Kanye West shocked basically the entire world when he showed up to the White House to have an official meeting with the president donning a red MAGA has.
On Friday, Trump tweeted that had spoken to West about "his friend A $ AP Rocky's incarceration "and said that he will be calling the very talented Prime Minister of what we can do about helping A $ AP Rocky."
"So many people would like to see this quickly resolved !, "the president stated.
The White House did not respond to BuzzFeed News' request for more information on how the president and his administration have been involved in trying to release Rocky.
In addition to Kardashian and West , Justin Bieber and other celebrities, as well as Rep. Adriano Espaillat, a New York Democrat, has spoken out about Rocky's detention and a Change.org petition has garnered nearly 617,000 signatures.
"All of them are treated equally and A $ AP Rocky's rights continue to be violated. a fair process, "Espaillat said in a statement, adding that he has been in contact with the state Department and the US Embassy in Sweden.
In his Instagram post, Ehmann said that Rocky and his associates are being held in "horrific" conditions, which 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." appeal with the Swedish Supreme Court to have him released. However, on Friday, a Swedish judge sided with prosecutors, ruling that the rapper was a "flight risk" and that he had to stay in jail another week while police investigated the fight, the Associated Press reported.
A spokesperson With the State Department, BuzzFeed News told that the Stockholm District Court has ruled that prosecutors have until their investigation.
"One of the most important tasks of the Department of State and US embassies and consulates abroad is to provide assistance to US citizens who are detained abroad, "the department spokesperson said." We engage in these cases at all levels to fulfill our mission to US citizens. "