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EntertainmentA$AP Rocky: A Swedish Take on the Case That Riveted the Country

16:00  14 august  2019
16:00  14 august  2019 Source:   variety.com

Swedish PM to Trump: A$AP Rocky won't get special treatment

Swedish PM to Trump: A$AP Rocky won't get special treatment BERLIN (AP) — Sweden's prime minister says he would be glad to speak with U.S. President Donald Trump about rapper A$AP Rocky's detention but he "cannot and will not attempt to influence prosecutors or courts." Trump tweeted Friday that he would call Prime Minister Stefan Lofven "to see what we can do about helping A$AP Rocky." Rocky has been held in Sweden for weeks as police investigate his alleged involvement in a fight. First lady Melania Trump and celebrities including Kanye West urged Trump to intervene. The Swedish leader said Saturday he was aware Trump "has a personal interest in the case.

The arrest of A $ AP Rocky in Sweden has led many high-profile Americans––including President Donald Trump––to call on the Swedish prime minister to release the New York-born rapper on bail while he awaits trial. But the political pressure to #FreeRocky will never work on Prime Minister Stefan

A $ AP Rocky , whose original name is Rakim Mayers, will be held for one more week in pre-trial Trump tweeted on Saturday that he had assured the Swedish prime minister that A $ AP Rocky was Bieber thanked Trump for helping the rapper and even took the opportunity to weigh on the border

With everyone from President Donald Trump to the Rev. Al Sharpton weighing in on rapper A$AP Rocky’s detention in Stockholm after his involvement in a street brawl there, this peculiar saga seemed tailor-made for summer’s silly season. But in Sweden it has also sparked debate about some serious issues – such as the nature of the country’s pre-trial detention system, which international institutions have criticized for decades, as well as how to debate racism and discrimination, matters that are particularly thorny following the 2015 refugee crisis, after which Sweden experienced a peak in immigration.

Donald Trump Claims to 'Personally Vouch' For ASAP Rocky's Bail in Conversation With Swedish Prime Minister

Donald Trump Claims to 'Personally Vouch' For ASAP Rocky's Bail in Conversation With Swedish Prime Minister Donald Trump claims to have reached out to Swedish prime minister Stefan Löfven and offered various "assurances" in a discussion about A$AP Rocky, who remains incarcerated in Sweden following his July 3.

A $ AP Rocky posted two videos on Instagram of the men allegedly following him, including footage of The Swedish Prosecution Authority, however, determined that the man who allegedly threw the When he refuses to leave, the other person first pushes him away and then takes a grip around the

Why the rapper has been charged with assault after three weeks of detainment. Photo: David Wolff-Patrick/Redferns/Getty Images. Every week, Vulture runs through the best, most interesting, and sometimes most confusing rap releases and other news.

A$AP Rocky: A Swedish Take on the Case That Riveted the Country © Prandoni/BFA/REX/Shutterstock

Imagine someone claiming just a few years ago that the following would happen – would you have believed it possible or would you have thought it seemed like the synopsis of an over-the-top comedy?

It’s 2019. A diplomatic crisis is unfolding between the U.S. and Sweden after a rapper’s arrest in Stockholm. Donald Trump is POTUS and, at the behest of Kanye West and Kim Kardashian, accuses Sweden of racism, tweeting that the country has “let our African American community down.” The rapper is in custody after getting involved in a fight from which he and his crew tried to get away on electric scooters. He tells Swedish police that he goes by the nicknames “Rocky, A$AP Rocky and pretty motherf---er.”

A$AP Rocky Continues In Swedish Custody Despite Trump’s “Personal Guarantee”

A$AP Rocky Continues In Swedish Custody Despite Trump’s “Personal Guarantee” He’s the leader of the free world, a billionaire, and offered his personal guarantee in a phone call with the Swedish prime minister. But evidently that isn’t enough from Donald Trump for Swedish officials to allow bail for rapper A$AP Rocky, who stands accused of assault charges in that country. After a Saturday phone call, Trump optimistically tweeted about a great conversation he had with  Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven concerning the case, saying he had “personally vouched” for the rapper. “Just had a very good call with @SwedishPM Stefan Löfven who assured me that American citizen A$AP Rocky will be treated fairly.

A $ AP Rocky has been detained in Sweden while facing assault charges. The gossip outlet’s report states that the incident took place the previous day in Stockholm, where Rocky was O’Brien sends a letter to Swedish prosecutors demanding the case ’s swift resolution and Rocky ’s release from jail.

A $ AP Rocky has just been charged with a crime after spending weeks in a Swedish jail prosecutors just hit him with Assault Causing Actual Bodily Harm stemming from a street brawl in the country 's The Swedish prosecutor just boasted he had access to more information than people on the internet.

The Swedish embassy is attacked in Washington, Al Sharpton demands visiting rights in the Stockholm jail, and a former U.S. ambassador to Sweden urges the royal family and the foreign minister to secure A$AP Rocky’s release. The White House sends its special envoy for hostage affairs to monitor the assault trial in Stockholm, and as the world awaits the verdict, A$AP Rocky says he’d be up for doing community service in Sweden. “I’m easy,” he tells the judge before being allowed to return to America, news that President Trump greets triumphantly on Twitter.

(A$AP Rocky was found guilty of assault by a Swedish court, Wednesday).

Stranger than fiction. But beyond the spectacular, international headline-grabbing details, in Sweden it wasn’t just A$AP Rocky and his companions who were in the dock. Instead, this story also came to serve as a kind of prism through which to view Swedish society and institutions.

A$AP Rocky's Mom Says Swedish Authorities Are 'Making an Example Out of Our Boy'

A$AP Rocky's Mom Says Swedish Authorities Are 'Making an Example Out of Our Boy' A$AP Rocky’s mom has given an update on the rapper’s current state of mind, and she’s now convinced his detention in Sweden is a race issue. Speaking to TMZ, Renee Black said she’d spoken only once to her son since his arrest. “He sounded ok, he sounded alright considering the circumstances,” she told the gossip website. "But he wanna come home.” Rocky (real name Rakim Mayers) has been held in custody without charges since the start of the month, due to his involvement in a fight on the streets of Stockholm, the capital.

A $ AP Rocky 's arrest by Swedish authorities has garnered the indignation of fans and the American president. | Embassy staff ordered Kanter to leave the premises of the House of Sweden but Kanter refused and instead sat down on the floor of the Embassy and stated, ‘Call the police.

Authorities in Sweden have charged rapper A $ AP Rocky with assault in connection with an altercation last month in Stockholm — a case that has rallied celebrities such as Kim Kardashian and Justin Bieber and even a personal intervention from President Trump. The musician and record producer

For instance, Sweden’s system of detention meant the trio could be held in custody, with restrictions, for several weeks, since there’s no limit on how long a suspect can be held awaiting trial and there’s no system of bail. Now, commentators and legal experts in Sweden have welcomed the spotlight shone on the case, expressing hopes that it will help shape public opinion and encourage reform, something that decades of criticism from international institutions including the U.N. has failed to do.

Such criticism has challenged Sweden’s self-image as a shining beacon on the matter of rule of law. In 2016, the Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture stated that “despite 24 years of ongoing dialogue” with Swedish authorities, there are “no real signs of progress as regards the widespread imposition of restrictions on remand prisoners.”

Moreover, the A$AP Rocky case has triggered debate about racism and prejudice. While many U.S. politicians were quick to presume a bias against blacks by Swedish authorities, in Sweden the affair has not been framed in such black-and-white terms. That’s because both the defendants and the alleged victim belong to groups that are often described as among the most vulnerable in today’s Sweden: blacks and unaccompanied Afghan migrant youths. (The man with whom A$AP Rocky tussled with on June 30 is Mustafa Jafari, a 19-year-old Afghan refugee.)

A$AP Rocky charged with assault after Stockholm brawl

A$AP Rocky charged with assault after Stockholm brawl American rapper A$AP Rocky has been charged with assault after a confrontation in Stockholm in June, prosecutors said. © Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images ASAP Rocky has been detained since June, where he faces accusations of serious assault. The 30-year-old -- whose real name is Rakim Mayers -- has been in custody since July 3, following a confrontation in the Swedish capital on June 30. The rapper's lawyer, Slobodan Jovicic, has maintained he was defending himself after being assaulted and that his client is innocent.

Swedish authorities formally charged A $ AP Rocky with assault on Thursday, and the American rapper could face up to two years in prison. Still, both Ramberg and Martinsson say this is a legitimate but separate issue to the A $ AP Rocky case . They say he received “standard” treatment for a person who

A $ AP Rocky , who has been on his “Injured Generation Tour” since the start of the year Rocky shares two videos on Instagram, saying two young men had been following him prior to the incident. All three men are also given permission to leave the country . The verdict is expected to be delivered

The debate about racism, power and privilege is heavily influenced by the theory of intersectionality, the idea that people can hold multiple identities and that multiple forms of discrimination can overlap to shape the experiences of marginalized individuals or groups. For progressive anti-racists who interpret social relations according to this framework, and who also tend to stand up for the party perceived as the most victimized, the A$AP Rocky case is arguably confusing. Commentators on the right, who were also vocal critics of the Swedish government’s recent decision to grant 9,000 Afghans asylum, have been quick to accuse leftists of passivity with regards to this case.

Yes, A$AP Rocky is a black man from an underprivileged background, but today he’s also a wealthy American celebrity who travels the world with an entourage. Yes, the young man and his friend who got beaten up were not destitute since they can apparently afford nice clothes, Bluetooth headphones and holidays abroad (one of the alleged victims told police he planned to attend his sister’s wedding in Iran). But the two men are young asylum seekers who belong to an Afghan minority in Iran. Intersectionally speaking, they are the more vulnerable party.

In fact, the affair highlights the limits of characterizing people as either victimized or privileged by virtue of their ethnicity and then judging their behavior accordingly. That clouds rather than clarifies reality. We’d do better coolly to consider the facts, which of course the Swedish court has tried to do during its deliberations.

While this whole affair holds all the hallmarks of an action-packed comedy, perhaps A$AP Rocky’s gift to Sweden will be to generate healthy debate on some serious matters. And if the rapper does return to do community service, well, that would be an ending fit for a Hollywood blockbuster.

Swedish court finds American rapper A$AP Rocky guilty of assault for his role in a June 30 street brawl in Stockholm.
STOCKHOLM (AP) — Swedish court finds American rapper A$AP Rocky guilty of assault for his role in a June 30 street brawl in Stockholm. © Jim Bennett/WireImage Rapper, actor and creative director A$AP Rocky is interviewed live on stage during the 2019 SXSW Conference and Festival at the Austin Convention Center on March 11, 2019 in Austin, Texas. The artist, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, earlier pleaded self-defense and said he had tried to avoid a confrontation with two men who were persistently following his entourage.

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