Monday, March 8, 2021

U.S. State Department Addresses A$AP Rocky’s Detainment Inside ’Inhumane’ Prison in Sweden

A$AP Rocky and Pharrell

*A$AP Rocky is said to be living in inhumane prison conditions while detained in a Swedish prison since his arrest on July 3.

With reports circulating of his mistreatment behind bars and no clear release date on the horizon, the U.S. Department of State has issued a warning to the Swedish government over the treatment of the rapper, Complex reports.

“There are certainly some facts about the arrest and detention that raise concerns,” a spokesperson for the department said in a statement, per Politico. “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.”

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Rocky, born Rakim Mayers, along with three of his associates, were arrested earlier this month for defending themselves against two aggressive Afghan migrants who followed and harassed them along a busy city block, and it was all caught on videos that were shared on Rocky’s Instagram account (watch the clips via the IG video embeds above/below).

The two Muslim males who pursued Rocky are now under investigation for molestation.

The hip-hop star is said to be in solitary confinement without any visitation or call privileges, and facing up to six years in prison, if convicted. TMZ reported that he’s jailed inside an alleged “disease-ridden” facility.

A petition calling for Rocky’s release on Change.org has accumulated nearly 600,000 signatures and has been shared by Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj, T.I., and Post Malone.

Meanwhile, as noted by SandraRose.com, not everyone cares about Rocky’s unfortunate situation. Folks are recalling his dismissive response back in the day when a journalist asked him to comment on the police-involved shooting death of Michael Brown in 2014.

“Why, because I’m Black? So every time something happens because I’m Black I gotta stand up? What the fuck am I, Al Sharpton now? I’m A$AP Rocky,” he said in the July 2016 issue of Time Out magazine. “I did not sign up to be no political activist. I don’t wanna talk about no fucking Ferguson and shit because I don’t live over there! I live in fucking Soho and Beverly Hills. I can’t relate I’m in the studio; I’m in these fashion studios; I’m in these bitches’ drawers. I’m not doing anything outside of that. That’s my life.”

 

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Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is a screenwriter and freelance reporter from Chicago -- currently living in Los Angeles and covering A-list entertainment for various outlets, including Emmys.com. She has worked for: Miramax, MTV & VH1, The Jim Henson Company, Hallmark Channel, Paramount Pictures, and for iconic indie film producer Roger Corman.

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