A$AP Rocky Forced to Miss Festival Appearances Due to Arrest in Sweden

The rapper has been held by authorities in Sweden since July 2 after a physical altercation with two men in the streets of Stockholm.

A$AP Rocky’s manager John Ehmann has revealed on social media that the hip-hop artist could be detained in a Swedish prison for another two-four weeks, causing him to miss seven festival appearances throughout Europe.

After Rocky got into an altercation with two Swedish residents on June 30, according to Ehmman, the artist and two members of his entourage voluntarily submitted themselves to questioning from Swedish authorities following his performance at Stockholm’s Splash festival on July 2 and were then arrested.

“On Monday, we filed an appeal with the Swedish Supreme Court to have Rocky released from the inhumane conditions and the clear violation of human rights,” Ehmann said on Instagram. “They rejected the filing, which means Rocky will remain in prison for two weeks. The prosecutor on the case has further communicated that he is working to receive an additional two week extension for a trial to begin in mid - to end of August.”

Rocky has already been forced to miss festival appearances at Kadetten Festival in Norway, Open’er Festival in Poland, Longitude Festival in Ireland and Wireless Festival in London. If he continues to be held by Swedish authorities, Rocky will be a no-show at Splash Festival in Germany, Atlas Weekend Festival in Ukraine, Dour Festival in Belgium, Carroponte in Italy, Sonar in Spain, Melt Festival in Germany and Tomorrowland in Belgium.

Ehmann also commented on Rocky's fight in Sweden, saying the artist acted in self defense after the two alleged victims followed and harassed the rapper and his crew.

“We are currently in Stockholm where Rocky is being detained for operating in self-defense following an altercation that occurred on 6/30, when Rocky, his bodyguard and two performers were harassed and physically assaulted by a group of men in the area,” wrote Ehmann in the July 9 post. “Video footage shows the assailants following Rocky, while he pleads to them that he does not want any issues.”

Following the arrests, Rocky posted footage on his own social media account of the two men continuing to follow him and his team after one of the alleged victims hit Rocky’s bodyguard over the head with a pair of headphones.

“For a man that has not been proven guilty to go through these conditions, while visiting a country to headline their festival, is troublesome. To keep Rocky and his colleagues in jail is punishment before due process,” Ehmann’s post continues.

Rocky is currently scheduled for an additional six festival appearances throughout the month of August including Beachclub in Canada on Aug. 3 and Real Street in Anaheim, California, on Aug. 11. There is no indication yet that those dates will be impacted by the arrest.

Ehmann’s post also calls on fans to sign a #JusticeForRocky petition on Change.org that has nearly reached its 500,000 signature goal in 24 hours.

Reps for CAA declined to comment for this story. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Friends - We are currently in Stockholm where Rocky is being detained for operating in self-defense following an altercation that occurred on 6/30, when Rocky, his bodyguard and two performers were harassed and physically assaulted by a group of men in the area. 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. Video footage shows the assailants following Rocky, while he pleads to them that he does not want any issues. Rocky volunteered to go to police for questioning. Rocky and his colleagues were arrested on-site. On the day of his arrest, I spoke with the U.S. Embassy Consult who informed me that his request to visit Rocky was rejected by police, which violates article 36 of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, to which Sweden is a signatory. Since, he has been allowed to visit with a U.S. Embassy Consult and attorney, but only in the presence of Swedish officials. It is troubling and worrisome that the laws are not being applied equally. Sadly, it appears the prosecutor in this case is looking for his own recognition by trying to make a name for himself based on Rocky’s global fame. On Monday, we filed an appeal with the Swedish Supreme Court to have Rocky released from the inhumane conditions and the clear violation of human rights. They rejected the filing, which means Rocky will remain in prison for two weeks. The prosecutor on the case has further communicated that he is working to receive an additional two week extension for a trial to begin in mid - to end of August. For a man that has not been proven guilty to go through these conditions, while visiting a country to headline their festival, is troublesome. To keep Rocky and his colleagues in jail is punishment before due process. Please support us by joining the #JusticeForRocky movement and sign our petition. Link in bio. Thank you for hearing our story and keeping it front of mind. JE

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