US President, Donald Trump, has promised to help rapper, Rakim Mayers, a.k.a A$AP Rocky, get out of detention in Sweden where authorities say he may spend another week in custody as part of investigation alleged assault in Stockholm.
The 30-year-old star was arrested on suspicion of assault earlier this month, which caused him to miss his headline performance at Wireless Festival in north London.
Mayers was in the Swedish capital for another gig at the time of the alleged incident on 30 June, which his lawyer, Slobodan Jovicic, has said was “a self-defence situation”.
He and his bodyguards were detained on July 3 and two days later were ordered to be held for two weeks, but a court has now ruled that police can keep them for another week to work on their investigation.
Mayers has posted two videos about the incident on his Instagram account, saying two men had been following him and his team through the city.
After fellow American stars including Kim Kardashian West, her husband Kanye West and Justin Bieber, pledged support for the rapper, and pleaded with Trump to intervene, the president promised to help.
In a tweet Friday evening, he said: “Just spoke to @KanyeWest about his friend A$AP Rocky’s incarceration. I will be calling the very talented Prime Minister of Sweden to see what we can do about helping A$AP Rocky. So many people would like to see this quickly resolved!”
Adriano Espaillat, a New York Democrat in the House of Representatives, is also pushing for the Harlem-born star to be set free – saying his continued detention was “not a fair process”.
He added: “Everyone deserves to be treated equally and A$AP Rocky’s rights continue to be violated.”