Here’s the Deal With A$AP Rocky’s Arrest and “Inhumane” Detainment in Sweden

Shannon Barbour
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From Cosmopolitan

Even if you’re not a major A$AP Rocky fan, you may have seen the video of him getting into a huge fight while visiting Stockholm, Sweden, at the end of June. Since the incident occurred, A$AP was arrested, the video has amassed thousands of shares on social media, fellow rappers are boycotting Sweden, and there are a bunch of worrying reports of him being held in an “inhumane, disease-ridden” facility, which is currently being disputed.

It’s all been really confusing, so here’s everything you need to know about the “F*ckin’ Problems” singer’s current legal drama and those solitary confinement rumors.

The Fight

A week ago, A$AP shared a video of what looks to be the beginning of the June 30 altercation in Sweden with two other unnamed men and wrote this caption in all caps:

“SO A FEW DRUG ADDICTS ARE NOT MY FANS, WE DONT KNOW THESE GUYS AND WE DIDNT WANT TROUBLE, THEY FOLLOWED US FOR 4 BLOCKS, AND THEY WERE SLAPPING GIRLS BUTTS WHO PASSED, GIVE ME A BREAK”

In another video, A$AP said one of the guys hit his security guard with a pair of headphones and kept following them. In the same video, a young woman came up to A$AP and his friends and said the guys did slap her and her friend’s butts.

And in another video, which A$AP didn’t share on his account but was published by Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet, it seems that A$AP and his crew got physical (although you can’t really see their faces in this one) with the men who were following them. As one Twitter user put it, they “yeeted this dude 10ft.”

The Arrest

After everything went down, A$AP reportedly went to the police station voluntarily to talk about what happened. TMZ reported that he was arrested “immediately” and that the American embassy wasn’t even notified, which is totally against protocol. It seems that around the same time, A$AP himself commented on his Instagram post, saying, “IM INNOCENT” and “THEY TRYNNA ARREST ME OUT HERE NOW, SMH.”

Shortly after all that, a Swedish court ordered for him to be held for two weeks in a pretrial detention because they think he’s a flight risk. He’s also been denied bail, according to Swedish paper Dagens Nyheter. That said, A$AP’s lawyer, Henrik Olsson Lilja, said the rapper is going to appeal the case, is not a flight risk, and would return to the country if he has to go to trial.

The “Inhumane” Facility

On Tuesday, TMZ reported that A$AP is being held in an “inhumane” and “disease-ridden” facility and forced to use a yoga mat as a bed. They also said he ate only one apple a day for the first five days he was detained. The outlet went on to claim that he’s located next to an inmate with mental-health problems who throws feces, which isn’t cleaned up by the staff.

The rapper’s lawyer later denied this and said he’s only eating apples because he’s not hungry. However, A$AP’s manager, John Ehmann, confirmed many of these claims from TMZ’s sources. In his own Instagram post, Ehmann added, “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.”

Later, Fredrik Wallin, the governor of the Kronoberg detention center where A$AP is being held, denied these “inhumane” claims. He said that the facility is clean and “recently renovated” and prisoners are given three meals a day.

In a statement to Page Six, he said, “Normally, you live in a prison cell which consists of a desk, a bed with a mattress, and a TV” before adding, “I have no knowledge on any current diseases in the remand prison.”

The Boycott

Once people heard about what was going on, other rappers like Tyler, the Creator; Vince Staples; Schoolboy Q; T.I.; and Post Malone took to social media to show their support for A$AP, and some even said they’re never going to Sweden again.




There’s also a Change.org petition calling for him to be “released from Swedish officials immediately.” More than 140,925 people have signed it.

What happens next?

Well, the guys who allegedly started the fight are currently being investigated because they were "suspected of molestation and assault.” The Swedish Prosecution Authority made sure to state that the incident they're investigating is “not sexual” or related to “inappropriate touching.”

Also, the Swedish embassy in Washington, D.C., is involved, but it’s unclear what exactly they’re doing. According to A$AP’s lawyer, this legal battle has cost him at least $1 million so far and could “spell the end of his career.” He also had to cancel the rest of his European tour, which was supposed to run through August, and his next album could be delayed because he was scheduled for studio time while on the tour.

If he’s convicted, he faces up to six years in prison. The trial is said to possibly take place in mid to late August.


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