A$AP Rocky is reportedly being held in ‘inhumane conditions’ at Stockholm’s Kronoberg remand prison. Rocky was involved in a street fight in Stockholm on Sunday 30th June, and was later arrested on suspicion of assault. Rocky had earlier appeared at Smash festival in Stockholm.
Rocky posted a video to Instagram after the incident saying that the men involved in the incident has been following him for four blocks, and ‘slapping girls butts who passed’.
Since initially being arrested, Swedish prosecutors have requested that they hold Rocky for an extra two weeks, to complete their investigation.
This video was released by TMZ between the brawl being first reported and Rocky’s arrest, and is likely to serve as key evidence.
TMZ report that Rocky is being held in a cell next to an inmate with “severe mental issues who slams his head against the concrete wall and hurls faeces every which way… faeces that are not cleaned up”. TMZ also claim that Rocky is being told to drink unclean water, sleep on a yoga mat with no blanket and was only given one apple to eat in his first five days of detention. Citing a source at the US consulate in Stockholm, the website claims that an official who visited Rocky in prison said that “Walking into that place was like walking into a toilet.”
However, prison governor Fredrik Wallin says prisoners at Kronoberg normally live in cells that contain a desk, a bed with a mattress, and a TV.
He says the prison was renovated in the last few years, with all the prison cells being reconstructed, leaving the prison in “good condition”.
The governor added that all people in Swedish remand prison – where people await trial – are given three meals a day and that a professional cleaning company “immediately sanitises” any spillages of food or accidents that draw blood.
Since his arrest Rocky has missed several planned performances at Wireless Festival in London, Longitude in Dublin and Open’er Festival in Poland. The lost earnings from these appearances is reportedly over $1m.
Stars including Justin Bieber, P Diddy, Nicki Minaj and Meek Mill have shared a petition calling for his release, whilst others have tweeted support and even threatened to boycott Sweden for future performances.
It seems unlikely that the only thing keeping Rocky in jail is the lack of signatures calling for his release, but we wish him a speedy resolution.