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Treat A$AP Rocky ‘with respect’ say U.S officials

IMPRISONED: A$AP Rocky

U.S STATE Department officials have reportedly urged Sweden to treat "American citizens fairly and with respect" following reports that rapper A$AP Rocky has been mistreated while detained in a Stockholm prison.

According to editors at Politico, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has been briefed about the Wild For The Night rapper's detainment in a Swedish prison after he was arrested in Stockholm on suspicion of assault relating to a street fight last month.

Parts of the fight were captured on video and posted to the rapper's Instagram page, which showed the men in question following A$AP and his crew.

A State Department spokesperson said: “There are certainly some facts about the arrest and detention that raise concerns.

“We expect all governments, including Sweden, to treat American citizens fairly and with respect. We hope to see ASAP Rocky (sic) and his colleagues back on tour and reunited with friends and family soon.”

Rocky was in Stockholm for the Smash music festival on June 30 when the altercation took place.

The hip-hop star has been held in police custody in Stockholm since July 2, resulting in the cancellation of his many gigs for the rest of the month.

Prosecutors have been granted permission to hold the group for up to two weeks while they work to bring the case to trial, but Rocky's manager, John Ehmann, publicly called out city authorities in a Change.org petition for what he claims are "horrific" and "inhumane conditions" at the Stockholm Detention Center, where his client and his pals are said to have been kept in solitary confinement, while their access to basic amenities and "palatable and life sustaining food" is said to be severely restricted.

Swedish prosecutors have until Friday to decide whether to prosecute the rapper.

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