Swedish prison holding A$AP Rocky denies claims the rapper is being held in ‘inhumane conditions’
The Swedish prison detaining A$AP Rocky for alleged street fighting has pushed back at claims that the rapper – who has been forced to cancel this month’s planned gigs – is being denied clean water and fed ‘inedible food’.
Sources close to the American hip-hop artist this week launched a volley of allegations against Stockholm’s Kronoberg Detention Center, which they branded ‘inhumane’.
They claim that Rocky, real name Rakim Meyers, is forced to sleep on a yoga mat without blankets in a cell next to a man with mental health problems who relentlessly bangs his head on the wall and hurls faeces ‘every which way’.
But the jail’s governor Fredrik Wallin has reportedly shrugged off these allegations and said that inmates live in hygienic conditions and enjoy three meals each day.
The Swedish prison detaining A$AP Rocky (pictured) for alleged street fighting has pushed back at claims that the rapper is being denied clean water and fed ‘inedible food’
The 30-year-old, real name Rakim Meyers, is being detained for up to two weeks while police investigate a street brawl he was involved in (pictured left and right)
The governor of the Kronoberg Detention Center (pictured) has shrugged off these allegations and said that inmates live in hygienic conditions and enjoy three meals each day
He said: ‘During the last few years, we have completed a large reconstruction where all the prison cells as well as the rest of the remand prison have been completely renovated, which make the remand prison in good condition,’ according to Page Six.
Mr Wallin would not comment on individual inmates’ circumstances but was addressing the prison’s overall environment.
It came as a petition demanding the rapper’s release from ’24/7 solitary confinement’ swelled to over 370,000 signatories.
Rocky’s manager John Ehmann launched the campaign to rally support for the New York musician who he said was being held in ’24/7 solitary confinement, restriction of amenities for the most basic of human functions, access to palatable and life sustaining food as well as unsanitary conditions.’
Rocky is being incarcerated inside the Kronoberg Detention Center while police investigate footage purporting to show the 30-year-old brawling in the Swedish capital on June 30.
The New York rapper (pictured performing at Le Zenith in Paris) is an MTV award-winning artist
He claims that the men kept following him, provoked him and swung at his security guard, sparking the fight.
Friends of the rapper have claimed that upon his arrest, US consulate officials were banned from visiting Rocky in prison and suspected that this was because of the detention center’s dire holding conditions.
Rocky made his first court appearance Friday when a judge ordered him to be held for up to two weeks while police investigate.
Another court order would then be needed if the police need more time to carry out their investigation.
Lawyers for the entertainer appealed the decision to the appeals court which upheld it, and then to the Supreme Court, which refused to hear the case.
One video of the brawl shows Rocky throwing a man to the floor and punching him, but another released by the rapper himself shows two men following him and throwing the first blow at his security (left and right)
Rocky’s supporters gather outside the courtroom with their heads bowed in protest while a judge rules that he should be held in custody
In their initial ruling, the judge said that Rocky is a flight risk and will likely leave the country if released.
The rapper, who is in the midst of a European tour, has already been forced to cancel shows in Norway, Poland, Ireland and Britain because of the arrest.
Fans, as well as fellow musicians, have publicly urged Swedish authorities to release the American entertainer.
Rapper Travis Scott shouted ‘Free Rocky’ during his performance at the Wireless Festival in London, a festival where ASAP Rocky was scheduled to perform.
Others have taken to social media under hashtags like #FreeRocky or #FreeFlacko, which is another of ASAP Rocky’s nicknames.
Henrik Olsson Lilja, Rocky’s lawyer, appealed the decision to detain his client to the appeals court, which rejected it, and the Supreme Court, which refused to hear the case