Sweden’s Prime Minister speaks out on A$AP Rocky’s arrest

    “Everyone is equal before the law.”

    A$AP Rocky performs at Primavera Sound Festival 2018
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    A$AP Rocky won’t be receiving any special treatment while he’s serving time behind Swedish bars, the country’s government has said in an official statement to The New York Times

    According to the NYT report, the statement was issued following President Donald Trump’s attempt to negotiate the rapper’s release from jail with Sweden’s Prime Minister Stefan Löfven. In a tweet on Saturday, Trump revealed that he’d successfully reached out to Löfven, who assured him that Rocky will be “treated fairly.” Trump also added that he’d even offered to “personally vouch for [the rapper’s] bail.”

    The call between the two politicians was “friendly” and “respectful,” and lasted for about 20 minutes, the statement claimed. But while the Swedish Prime Minister promised that Rocky will receive a fair trial, he also told Trump that “in Sweden, everyone is equal before the law and that the government cannot and will not attempt to influence the legal proceedings.”

    Rocky was arrested earlier this month after videos of him allegedly assaulting a man on the streets of Stockholm surfaced online. The rapper has been held in the country ever since. Last week, a Swedish court ordered that Rocky be kept in custody for another week while the investigation continues. If convicted, the rapper could face up to six years in jail.

    Rocky’s arrest has brought about a travel boycott on Sweden in the hip hop community, with rappers like Tyler, the Creator, Schoolboy Q and Tyga declaring that they won’t be visiting the country anytime soon. Meanwhile, celebrity couple Kanye West and Kim Kardashian have been actively working alongside Trump on Rocky’s case.