The White House Threatened Sweden With 'Negative Consequences' Over A$AP Rocky's Release

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Rapper A$AP Rocky was released from a Swedish jail on Friday pending a verdict in his assault trial, two days a letter from the U.S. special presidential envoy for hostage affairs to Swedish prosecutors warned of “negative” repercussions for continuing to hold Rocky in custody.

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According to NBC News, a letter sent by Ambassador Robert O’Brien on July 31  warned of “potentially negative consequences to the U.S.-Swedish bilateral relationship” should A$AP Rocky not be released.

In response, Sweden’s prosecutor-general, Petra Lundh wrote: “No other prosecutor, not even I, may interfere with a specific case or try to affect the prosecutor responsible.”

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The letters came following pleas to President Trump on behalf of A$AP Rocky from pals Kim Kardashian and Kanye West. Rocky was arrested July 3 on an assault charge his attorneys maintain that he attempted to peacefully resolve. The situation sounds like a terrible one for Rocky, who sat in jail for weeks before being charged with a crime as others, like rapper Quavo, came forward with their own stories of racism and mistreatment at the hands of Swedish cops.

On Friday, a judge ruled that Rocky was free to leave the country as he awaits a verdict. On Instagram, the rapper expressed gratitude for the support he received during the “humbling” experience:

“THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART TO ALL OF MY FANS, FRIENDS AND ANYONE ACROSS THE GLOBE WHO SUPPORTED ME DURING THESE LAST FEW WEEKS I CANT BEGIN TO DESCRIBE HOW GRATEFUL I AM FOR ALL OF YOU THIS HAS BEEN A VERY DIFFICULT AND HUMBLING EXPERIENCE I WANT TO THANK THE COURT FOR ALLOWING ME BLADI AND THOTO TO RETURN TO OUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS THANKS AGAIN FOR ALL OF THE LOVE AND SUPPORT.”

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Donald Trump also turned to social media and tweeted what appears to be an attempt at wordplay: “It was a Rocky Week, get home ASAP A$AP!”

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