The Swedish authorities indicate that the artist Rakim Mayers, known professionally as A $ AP Rocky, was arrested in Stockholm after turning himself in to the police in connection with a street fight at the end of last month.
According to reports, he was in town to perform at a music festival on June 30 when he said his party "took care of his own affairs" and a group of people became aggressive toward them, which led to a fight .
Back in his home country, Politician cited a source from the US State Department. UU He confirmed that the rapper's ongoing arrest has been the subject of briefings for officials at the top of the agency such as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
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Among those purportedly addressing the international problem is the Presidential Special Envoy for Hostage Affairs Robert O & # 39; Brien.
According to the department spokesman, "some facts about the arrest and detention" have raised "concerns" about Sweden's treatment of the Mayers, including allegations that he has been held in solitary confinement without charge. According to that country's law, prosecutors must report criminal charges against him before Friday or ask a court for more time to prepare charges.
A lawyer representing the artist, however, says it is time for his client to return home.
"President Trump has made unfairly taking Americans a priority for his administration," said Alan Jackson. "The interest of the State Department in this case gives us a great home for Rocky's situation."
A variety of artists and several elected officials of the United States have also joined the growing chorus that is calling for their release.
When recalling the incident, a person close to the rapper said that the other people involved "were obviously spoiling for a fight," adding that Mayers and the others around him "had no choice but to defend themselves."
Mayers also shared the video of the meeting in an effort to show the other group as the aggressors in the situation.
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