A$AP Rocky is being held in a Stockholm jail for two weeks while he is investigated for assault. If found guilty, the New York rapper faces up to six years’ jail time under Swedish law. The charge relates to an altercation that occurred on June 30. Pitchfork recently broke down why he was arrested and what will happen next.
Below, we’ve included a timeline of key events, that includes how other musicians have responded to the arrest, how the case is being treated by authorities and when the rapper is likely to be released.
June 26: A$AP Rocky begins his European tour
Having been on his “Injured Generation” tour since the start of the year, Rakim Mayers aka A$AP Rocky begins what should be a string of performances throughout Europe.
June 30: An altercation takes place in Stockholm
Local Swedish media outlets report that a “world-renowned star” was involved in an altercation and that police were called. The incident happens before Rocky’s appearance at SMASH festival in Stockholm.
July 1: Footage from the altercation begins to circulate
Footage initially surfaces on Reddit and is later posted by TMZ. The clip shows four men, one of whom appears to be A$AP Rocky, attacking an unidentified person.
July 2: A$AP Rocky shares his own footage, performs at SMASH, and is arrested
In a bid to take control of the narrative, the rapper posts a video on Instagram depicting events leading up to the altercation, suggesting the person seen being attacked in the video had been harassing Rocky’s group and others. The accompanying caption read, “HITS SECURITY IN FACE WITH HEADPHONES THEN FOLLOW US.” Rocky performs at SMASH that evening before being taken into custody by police after the show.
July 3: A$AP Rocky is arrested and the news spreads
TMZ reports that “the rapper voluntarily went to the police Tuesday night for questioning and was immediately taken into custody.” International media starts reporting on the arrest.
July 4: A$AP Rocky misses Poland’s Open’er Festival
British grime artist Stormzy fills in as headliner in Rocky’s stead.
July 5: A$AP Rocky is to be held in Stockholm for at least another two weeks
A Swedish court rules that the rapper is a flight risk and must be detained in Stockholm for two weeks while the charge is investigated.
July 6: A$AP Mob members claim A$AP Rocky is being held in solitary confinement
July 7: A$AP Rocky misses Wireless Festival in the UK
July 8: A$AP Rocky’s appeal to the Swedish High Court is rejected
Rocky appeals his two-week detention, arguing that he is not a flight risk. Despite appeals by fans and celebrities, the court rejects his appeal. His European tour continues to be put on hold. The decision leads fellow musicians Tyler, the Creator and ScHoolboy Q to claim they will boycott Sweden.
July 9: A petition calling to free A$AP Rocky from “inhumane” jail is launched
A group called #JusticeForRocky launches a petition on Change.org urging Swedish officials to free the rapper from jail. That petition has 317,000 signatures as of early July 10 and counting.
The petition claims Rocky is being held in “inhumane conditions,” something sources had first suggested to TMZ. According to the gossip site’s sources, a US Consulate official visited Rocky in jail and said, “Walking into that place was like walking into a toilet.”
SPIN also reports that the US Department of State is monitoring Rocky’s situation. “We are aware of the arrest of a US citizen in Stockholm,” a spokesperson revealed in a statement. “We take seriously our responsibility to assist US citizens abroad and are actively monitoring the situation.”
July 10: A$AP Rocky’s European dates are canceled
Sónar festival, which takes place in Barcelona, Spain, announces via Instagram that Rocky’s scheduled July 19 performance has been canceled, as well as all of his other European shows. The news arrives after the rapper’s management issued the following statement: “A$AP Rocky is being detained in a Swedish jail for an unknown period of time for acting in self-defense during an altercation that took place. Due to this unfortunate situation he is forced to cancel his European festival and tour dates in July.”
As well as missing performances in Poland, the UK, and Spain, fans in Russia, Germany, Belgium, Ukraine, and Italy will also miss his scheduled shows.
July 12: The preliminary investigation continues
According to a press statement issued by the Swedish Prosecution Authority, a preliminary investigation into the case concerning the aggrieved party who is suspected of molestation and assault is underway.
Fox News also reported that Swedish law enforcement raided the hotel room of Rocky’s longtime manager, John Ehmann. An insider told Fox that Ehmann “was completely taken aback” by the raid and “had no idea what this was about.”
July 13: Members of US Congress Demand A$AP Rocky’s release
US Politicians from the Congressional Black Caucus have joined the Free Rocky movement. Representative Hakeem Jeffries of New York told TMZ that the Congressional Black Caucus was pushing for the rapper’s release. He also echoed that sentiment on Twitter.
July 19: A$AP Rocky’s two-week detention ends (TBC)
Rocky’s detention is scheduled to end on July 19. On this date the prosecutor must decide whether to file a prosecution or ask the court for a longer detention period in order to finalize the investigation.