US President Donald Trump sent out his frustration over Twitter regarding the Swedish Prime Minister after it failed to act on his request to release rapper A$ap Rocky from incarceration.
American Rapper A$ap Rocky, formally known as Rakim Athelaston Mayers, was recently charged with assault over a fight in Stockholm last month along with two other individuals.
Daniel Suneson, the prosecutor overseeing the rapper’s case said in a statement that he filed charges against the artist after “having come to the conclusion that the events in question constitute a crime and despite claims of self-defense and provocation.”
According to reports, the platinum-selling rapper was involved in a fight with another man as he was on his way to appear at a festival last June 30. In videos published on social media, Rocky was seen violently throwing a man to the ground although it was unclear who else was involved in the scene.
Currently, the artist has been in custody since July 3 and will remain there until trial. Meanwhile, the Stockholm District Court will have to set a date for the proceedings.
The rapper’s lawyer said that Rocky was acting in self-defense. “We think it was self-defense,” The rapper’s lawyer, Slobodan Jovicic said, adding that his client is “very disappointed” that the prosecutor has “chosen to go with the other party’s version” of events.
Based on the videos published online, one of them appeared that Rocky and his friends told two men to stop following them. However, reports said the two men alleged in the video hit one his security detail with a pair of headphones that eventually led to the fight in the first place.
In the caption for the first video, which Rocky posted on Instagram after the event, writes: “We don’t know these guys and we didn’t want trouble. They followed us for four blocks.”
In the second, he accuses the man of hitting his security guard “in the face with headphones.”
As an attempt to appease requests from the President to step in and help with Rocky’s case, Trump held a conversation with the Swedish Prime Minister and even vouched for the rapper promising that he will not be a flight risk if given bail and will be present once a date has been set for him to appear in court.
However, bails are not part of the Swedish criminal justice system, and the Prime Minister said he has no influence over the judicial process to grant his request.
In a tweet, President Donald Trump expressed his frustration over the inaction and even hinted that the Prime Minister was racist—calling for action to give equal treatment to all Americans.
“Very disappointed in Prime Minister Stefan Löfven for being unable to act,” Trump wrote. “Sweden has let our African American Community down in the United States. I watched the tapes of A$AP Rocky, and he was being followed and harassed by troublemakers. Treat Americans fairly! #FreeRocky.”
In a second tweet, Trump added: “Give A$AP Rocky his FREEDOM. We do so much for Sweden, but it doesn’t seem to work the other way around. Sweden should focus on its real crime problem! #FreeRocky.”
In response, Löfven’s spokesperson Mikael Lindström said in a statement to an American outlet that all people in Sweden are equal before the law.
“All I can say at this point is that Sweden and Prime Minister Stefan Löfven have explained and emphasized the complete independence of the Swedish judicial system, prosecutors and courts,” Lindström said. “The Government is not allowed, and will not attempt, to influence the legal proceedings, which are now ongoing.”
Notably, President Trump was urged by the first lady and celebrities including Kanye West and Kim Kardashian West—who has famously worked with the Trump Administration with freeing incarcerated African Americans over charges regarding one-time drug offenses—to intervene to try to free Rocky.
Other celebrities have also expressed their concern such as Justin Bieber, Sean “Diddy” Combs, and Nicki Minaj, and have all pushed for Rocky’s release.
There’s also an online petition to #FreeRocky and release him under bail, which has already accumulated over 500,000 signatures.
The trial is due to start in July 30.