Why is A$AP Rocky in prison in Sweden and how will Donald Trump help him?

Why is A$AP Rocky in prison in Sweden and how will Donald Trump help him?

A$AP Rocky has been held in Swedish police custody for a month, pending an assault investigation.

Now, Donald Trump has weighed in on the US rappers jail treatment. Here is everything you need to know.

Why was A$AP Rocky arrested?

The rapper was arrested on July 3, 2019 on suspicion of assault after a video emerged showing him throwing a "pest" to the ground.

The shocking brawl footage – published in the US – was filmed in Stockholm and shows the Harlem-born star grabbing the man and tossing him several feet onto the street.

The star's pals and minders are then seen kicking and punching the "victim" as he struggles to stagger back to his feet outside a burger bar on Sunday night.

They then walkway with the man left lying in the gutter.

According to reports in Sweden, cops have spoken to the man who was left with cuts on both his arms.

A$AP  – real name Rakim Meyers – was reportedly arrested at 1am that morning by officers in Sweden.

When will A$AP Rocky be released from jail?

ASAP Rocky has been charged with assault causing actual bodily harm in Sweden and will remain in custody until a trial takes place.

The rapper, real name Rakim Mayers, was arrested in Stockholm in early July. The two men arrested with him have also been charged with assault.

His arrest followed a fight that was captured on video, with ASAP claiming he had acted in self-defence against men who were following his group.

The trial is due to start on 30 July.

On 20 July 2019, it was revealed that A$AP Rocky will stay in jail for at least another week while prosecutors investigate the alleged assault.

Stockholm District Court decided that a prosecutor now has until 25 July to decide whether to charge him.

One of ASAP Rocky's alleged victims is also being investigated for abuse, assault and attempted assault.

On July 23 2019, A$AP Rocky's mother Renne Black revealed she "feels sick" with fear for her son as he remains in Swedish jail.

She told Swedish newspaper Expressen that she finds it hard to visit her son.

She said: "He was just telling me that he wasn't really eating properly, you know. He can't wait to get back into the gym."

What has Donald Trump said about A$AP Rocky's arrest?

The President of the United States has spoken to Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven about A$AP Rocky's case.

Following their discussion, Donald Trump shared a tweet, which read: "Just had a very good call with @SwedishPM Stefan Löfven who assured me that American citizen A$AP Rocky will be treated fairly.

"Likewise, I assured him that A$AP was not a flight risk and offered to personally vouch for his bail, or an alternative."

However, it's now been claimed that Trump's bid to free A$AP Rocky could backfire, because Swedish prosecutors want to prove they're immune to political pressure.

A spokesperson for Lofven said the case "underlined that in Sweden everyone is equal before the law and that the government cannot and will not attempt to influence the legal proceedings."

A$AP's plight was brought to the president's attention by several people, including the first lad,y Melania Trump, and Kim Kardashian West.

Also, his case has garnered huge attention thanks to celebrities such as Justin Bieber, Shawn Mendes, Jada Pinkett Smith, Nicki Minaj and Post Malone.

Did he perform at Wireless after being arrested?

No he did not, as Swedish authorities detained A$ap Rocky on suspicion of assault.

This evidently meant that the rapper had to pull out of his festival appearance on Sunday, June 7.

It was further added that A$ap will remain in custody in Stockholm while an investigation takes place.

Wireless issued this statement: "We now know for sure that A$AP Rocky won’t be able to make his set tomorrow. We’ve been busy making calls….and now we’re hyped to say London’s J HUS is joining the line-up and Rae Sremmurd will close the show."

Who is A$AP Rocky?

A$AP Rocky is a rapper whose real name is Rakim Mayers.

He used to date Kendall Jenner and has a thing for American models, having previously dated US fashion star Chanel Iman.

The rapper has also previously dated Aussie rapper Iggy Azalea.

He released his debut mixtape Live.Love. A$AP in 2011, which was well received from critics.

A$AP also produces music under the pseudonym Lord Flacko.

When did A$AP Rocky start dating Kendall Jenner?

The Sun revealed that Kendall was dating A$AP Rocky in April 2017, but they were first snapped partying together in Paris during that summer.

A source revealed: “Kendall and A$AP Rocky went to the Royal Albert Hall and made no secret of the fact they are a couple. There was a lot of touching going on. It wasn’t the behaviour of two people who are just friends. Kendall seems very into him.”

The couple confirmed their relationship in May by posting a very sexy Snapchat together.

However, the 21-year-old and the rapper just dated over the summer of 2017  until their conflicting schedules got in the way of their romance.

The Sun exclusively revealed in November of the same year that A$AP had unsuccessfully been trying to win her back.

What do we know about A$AP Rocky's family?

A$AP grew up in Harlem with his older sister, older brother, Barbadian father and African American mum.

When he was just 12 years old his father was jailed in connection with selling drugs.

His older brother was killed in the borough when ASAP was 13, inspiring to take rapping more seriously. A year before, his dad also died.

He ended up selling crack in the Bronx at the age of 15 when he moved around homeless shelters with his mum and sister.

Eventually he moved to midtown Manhattan.

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