As A$AP Rocky continues to await his release from Swedish custody, reality TV star (and aspiring lawyer) Kim Kardashian has reportedly brought his case to the president’s attention.
Kardashian, who’s become known in recent years for her work in prison reform, as well as husband Kanye West, reached out to Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, after hearing that A$AP Rocky had been arrested for suspected aggravated assault, TMZ reports. Kushner is said to have relayed the information to Trump, who reportedly felt moved to help, agreeing that the rapper’s detainment was unfair. As a result, the U.S. State Department has stepped in and is now fighting to get A$AP Rocky released, according to the outlet.
Kardashian retweeted the article on Thursday, seemingly confirming reports that she reached out to the Trump administration on A$AP Rocky’s behalf.
“Thank you @realDonaldTrump , @SecPompeo, Jared Kushner & everyone involved with the efforts to Free ASAP Rocky & his two friends,” she wrote. "Your commitment to justice reform is so appreciated.”
The “Fashion Killa” artist was arrested on July 3 for suspected assault following a street fight in Stockholm the week before. He’s been jailed ever since, pending charges, and will remain there for another week, if Swedish officials have their way.
Prosecutor Daniel Suneson requested that a judge extend A$AP Rocky’s detention until July 25, in order for authorities to complete their investigation and prosecutors to decide what charges, if any, to bring, according to BBC News.
“We have worked intensively with the investigation and need more time, until Thursday next week in order to complete the preliminary investigation,” Suneson said.
The extension would also apply to two men who were with A$AP Rocky at the time of the alleged assault, and who were arrested alongside him, reports Page Six.
A$AP Rocky, born Rakim Mayers, is alleged to have been a part of a brawl that involved a number of his companions and two unknown men they encountered on the street. In a series of Instagram videos posted before his arrest, A$AP Rocky suggested that the two men harassed his group and, in one video, he can be seen apparently trying to diffuse the situation by telling the pair, “We don’t want to fight you all, we’re not trying to go to jail.”
Videos posted by TMZ show the fight that did eventually break out, with the rapper and others who were with him hitting the two men who were seen following them in earlier videos. A$AP Rocky’s lawyer has called the fight a matter of self-defense, claiming that the two men “followed, harassed, and physically assaulted” his client.
One of those men is now being investigated for abuse, assault, and attempted assault, according to BBC News.
Following A$AP Rocky’s arrest, his lawyer launched a petition in support of his release, claiming that the prison in which he’s being held is “inhumane” and unsanitary. The prison’s governor has since denied those allegations, insisting that the facility is in "good condition," according to BBC's Newsbeat.
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