Trump Asks Sweden PM to 'resolve' Rapper A$AP Issue

Jared Kushner and A$AP Rocky

Jared Kushner and A$AP Rocky

President Donald Trump said on Friday he would call Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven about the case of US rapper A$AP Rocky, who has been detained in Sweden pending an investigation into a street fight in Stockholm.

A$AP Rocky, whose real name is Rakim Myers, has been in detention in Sweden since 5 July on suspicion of assault.

Stockholm's District Court decided on Friday that Rocky would remain in custody another week to allow police to complete their investigation.

"So I personally don't know ASAP Rocky, but I can tell you that he has tremendous support from the African American community in this country", he said.

The detention of Mayers, who attended the court dressed in a green T-shirt, has gained widespread attention including from Trump and US first lady Melania Trump.

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"We are going to be calling and talking to them, we've already started". Meanwhile, Trump credited Melania Trump with bringing the rapper's case to his attention."We're working with State Department and we hope to get him home soon", the first lady said.

U.S. Representative Adriano Espaillat of NY, where Mayers was born, has also urged his release.

Mayers was detained on July 3 along with his bodyguard and two other members of his entourage in connection with a fight in a Stockholm city-centre street in the early hours of June 30.

Before his arrest, videos posted to Rocky's Instagram account shows that he and members of his entourage were arguing with two men on the street, telling the men to stop following them.

While one bodyguard was released without charge, a judge extended the detention of Rocky and two other associates after ruling that he was a flight risk.

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