Rapper A$AP Rocky is reportedly being held under inhumane conditions in a Swedish jail while prosecutors continue to investigate after he was arrested over a street fight in the European nation.
According to TMZ, sources reveal that Rocky sleeps on a yoga mat with no blankets and is next door to a prisoner with chronic mental issues who bangs his head against the wall all day and throws feces around; no one reportedly cleans up the human waste, but that’s not all.
The jail is also said to have unclean water and food that is not edible; for his first five days in the facility, the rapper reportedly ate only one apple a day.
The outlet’s sources claimed that a US Consulate official visited the jail and reported that: "Walking into that place was like walking into a toilet."
Another source confirmed to PEOPLE that Rocky is being held under “inhumane” and “horrific” conditions:
“The conditions of the facility are horrific. Some of the inhumane conditions Rocky and his colleagues are facing at the Stockholm Detention Center include 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 now being detained for an unknown period of time until they have a trial,” the source continued. “And he is having his legal and basic human rights ignored while being forced to live in inhumane conditions — all for acting in self-defense.”
The governor of the prison where Rocky is being held, Fredrik Wallin, however, refuted the reports in a statement, claiming that the description of the jail described by TMZ is false.
“The Swedish Prison and Probation Service has a policy not to comment on individual cases or prisoners,” Wallin said. “However, we can refute the picture of prison Kronoberg, which is described in the article in TMZ. To exemplify, prison staff and prisoners drink the same municipal tap water.”
A Department of State official further noted that they’re aware of the case but refused to offer details:
“We are aware of the arrest of a US citizen in Stockholm. We take seriously our responsibility to assist U.S. citizens abroad and are actively monitoring the situation. Due to privacy considerations, we have no further comment at this time.”
A$AP Rocky at the 2019 SXSW Conference and Festivals on March 11, 2019 in Austin, Texas. |Photo: Getty Images
Rocky (real name Rakim Mayers) was arrested in Stockholm on July 2 for suspected assault alongside other members of his crew who were involved in the incident.
Per TMZ, the altercation took place on Sunday, June 30. Initial footage of the incident shows Rocky hurling another man across the street before other members of his crew pounce on the alleged victim.
In a subsequent video published by the rapper himself here (Warning: The hyperlinked video contains some form of violence), it turns out the man Rocky beat up was previously harassing the rapper and his team, stalking them and even going as far as launching a physical attack.
Although a spokesperson from the Stockholm Prosecutor’s Office told PEOPLE that Rocky would be detained for two weeks while the prosecutor gathers evidence into the case, the rapper may be spending more time in jail.
Rocky’s lawyer Henrik Olsson Lilja, who appeared in court with his client on Friday, said:
“The prosecutor told us today that he will not probably be finished within two weeks, so my assumption is that he will have completed the investigation within around three-four weeks.”
A$AP Rocky performing in New York City on Oct. 5, 2018. |Photo: Getty Images
Rocky’s arrest came after he wrapped up a performance at a hip-hop festival in Stockholm, and if convicted, the 30-year-old Harlem-born rapper faces up to six years in prison.
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