A$AP Rocky's Request To Perform At A Swedish Prison Is Denied
By Peyton Blakemore
December 4, 2019
A$AP Rocky will not be performing at the Swedish prison where he was detained earlier this year.
According to TMZ, "logistical and security concerns" caused Sweden's Prison and Probation Service to decide that the performance would not be possible.
As fans know, Rocky requested to perform at the prison during his planned return to the European country for a stop on his tour on December 11. "After tremendous support from the Swedish fans, [Rocky] returns to Stockholm for a long-awaited gig for all his supporters," a Live Nation representative announced in a statement, per The Local, last month.
While he won't be performing, A$AP revealed last month that he was designing uniforms for Swedish prisons, revealing the news while at the Summit LA19 conference where he discussed his own time spent in a Swedish prison. “When I was going through my whole situation, the whole time I used to look on television and see Swedish fans showing me so much love and I want to give it back,” he said per Forbes. “I’m trying to do what I can with what I can, I just want to keep creating and encouraging whoever is after me to do it better."
Rocky's return to Sweden will come five months after his extended and widely publicized legal battle in the country. The "Pups" rapper was taken into police custody in Stockholm on July 3 and remained locked up for a month after being accused of assaulting 19-year-old Mustafa Jafari during a street fight. Despite footage of the incident showing that Rocky and his crew acting in self-defense, Rocky and members of his team were charged with assault.
Given the fact that cameras showed that the rapper and his crew were not the aggressors in the situation, the incident sparked somewhat of an international incident, with President Trump even getting involved when Sweden refused to release Rocky without having a full-blown trial. With millions calling for his release, Swedish officials decided to release Rocky after he spent a month behind bars and took the stand at his assault trial. He was later found guilty and given a two-year suspended sentence.
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