Rapper A$AP Rocky is on his way back to the United States after being released from jail in Sweden, US President Donald Trump said on Friday.
"A$AP Rocky released from prison and on his way home to the United States from Sweden. It was a Rocky Week, get home ASAP A$AP!" Trump tweeted.
A Swedish judge ordered the performer, producer and model, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, to be released from custody until a verdict in his assault trial is announced on August 14.
The prosecution is arguing he should be jailed for six months if a guilty verdict is returned.
A$AP Rocky was detained on July 3 in connection with a street brawl on June 30 and later charged with assault causing actual bodily harm.
Outlining his case using videos from security cameras and witnesses' mobile phones, prosecutor Daniel Suneson said that following an altercation, A$AP Rocky threw 19-year-old Mustafa Jafari to the ground, after which he and two of his entourage kicked and punched him.
The prosecutor said a bottle was used to hit Jafari, who suffered cuts and bruises.
Trump became personally involved in the case after A$AP Rocky's arrest, publicly pleading for the Swedish government to release the rapper.
"Sweden is a great country and they're friends of mine," he told reporters in late July. "We are going to be calling. We're going to be talking; we've already started.
"And, many, many members of the African-American community have called me, friends of mine, and said 'could you help?' So, I personally don't know A$AP Rocky but I can tell you that he has tremendous support from the African-American community in this country. And, when I say 'African-American,' I think I can, really, from everybody in this country: because we're all one. I have been called by so many people asking me to help A$AP Rocky."
The Swedish government refused to intervene, prompting Trump to respond angrily on Twitter.
"Very disappointed in Prime Minister Stefan Löfven for being unable to act," he wrote.
"Sweden has let our African American Community down in the United States [sic]. I watched the tapes of A$AP Rocky, and he was being followed and harassed by troublemakers. Treat Americans fairly! #FreeRocky."
Trump's anger did not matter to Löfven though, who responded through a spokesperson.
"Sweden and Prime Minister Stefan Löfven have been very clear in the dialogue with both the White House and directly with the American President, that in Sweden everyone is equal before the law and that the government cannot interfere in legal proceedings."
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