According to the BBC, A$AP Rocky was arrested in Stockholm, Sweden, after harming another man he had been fighting in the street. In an Instagram video posted by A$AP Rocky after the incident, the rapper explained that a group of men followed him for four blocks and would not leave him alone. He spent about a month in Kronoberg prison while the case was being investigated. According to the Los Angeles Times, he had the public support of former President Donald Trump and Kim Kardashian, who tried to get him released.
During an interview on Desus & Mero (via NME), A$AP Rocky opened up about the experience, saying it was scary because he’s not very familiar with Sweden and the country doesn’t have a bail system. Trump tried to get the PM to get the rapper out of jail and even celebrated when he was eventually released, but A$AP Rocky later revealed Trump didn’t actually get him out. He said per NME, “Actually, I had no problem thanking the man [Trump], especially when he helped me out.” However, he went on to clarify, “That’s the narrative they’re pushing: that he got me out. And he didn’t set me free. If anything, he made it a little worse.”
It was unclear what actually happened behind the scenes between ex-President Trump and Prime Minister Stefan Löfven. But now the truth has come out and Trump’s threats were a little more serious than people might have thought.
Trump apparently threatened a trade war over A$AP Rocky’s arrest
When A$AP Rocky was arrested for assault in Sweden in 2019, Donald Trump tried to get him out of prison. What the former president was negotiating or threatening to get the rapper released was initially unclear, but the mystery is now ended. In an interview with Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter, translated by the Independent, the Swedish justice minister revealed that Trump had threatened trade restrictions if Rocky wasn’t immediately released and almost started an international trade war.
Thankfully, the rapper was released in August 2019 after being found guilty of assault, but he wasn’t ordered to serve any additional jail time, according to TMZ. Justice Secretary Morgan Johansson now claims Trump bullied Swedish officials at the time. Johansson said, “This story shows how important it really is to stand up for our rule of law and not take our democracy for granted,” he continued [Trump] you can try to do something like that against Sweden, then what are you going to try and do to slightly weaker countries that don’t have the European Union behind them?”
As previously mentioned, following the rapper’s arrest and his time in prison, A$AP Rocky has been candid about the fact that Trump wasn’t the reason for his release. Thankfully, trade restrictions never came into play and Rocky was able to return to the United States.