A$AP Rocky's detention in Sweden was one of the music industry's biggest legal drama story this 2019. However, in a surprising twist, he is returning to the said country where he was detained in for more than three months.
A$AP Rocky, born Rakim Mayers, will be performing at the Ericsson Globe in Stockholm on December 11, according to concert organizer Live Nation's. Tickets will go on sale November 12.
"After the enormous support from the Swedish fans, he returns to Stockholm for a long-awaited appearance for all his supporters," a statement released by Live Nation said.
A Concert for a Cause
Some of the proceeds of the concert will be donated to "The Swedish Network of Refugee Support Groups."
Based on their website, the FARR is an umbrella organization for individuals and groups working to "strengthen the right of asylum." It is for those who felt that people fleeing persecution were not treated in a "humane" and "legally secure manner."
This generosity follows what A$AP Rocky has been through in Sweden jail. According to his manager John Ehmann, he revealed that the rapper's treatment in the facility was "horrific."
"It includes 24/7 solitary confinement, restriction of amenities for the most basic of human functions, lack of access to life-sustaining food as well as unsanitary conditions," Ehmann said.
What Happened in Sweden?
After a run-in with a 19-year-old man Mustafa Jafari, A$SAP Rocky was kept behind bars for months.
The 30-year-old rapper pleaded not guilty to assault last month as his trial kicked off. He claimed that he and the two members of his entourage were acting in self-defense after being harassed by Jafari and another man.
Prosecutors said that A$AP Rocky threw the man to the ground before the three men started kicking and punching him.
A district court found A$AP and his two men guilty of assault and handed them a suspended sentence. They were also ordered to pay 12,000 kronor in damages.
Fellow celebrities like A$AP Ferg, Jada Pinkett Smith, Diddy, Scooter Braun signed a Change.org petition for A$AP Rocky to be released. The campaign garnered around 650,000 signatures.
Nicki Minaj, Post Malone, Justin Bieber, Kris Jenner, Tyler the Creator all took to their social media to call for the release of the hip hop artist.
I performed in Jamaica before & when i got off the stage I was surrounded by police with guns drawn. They were ready 2 take me to jail b/c they said I forgot to bleep a couple curses.... I could make one mistake & go to jail in a diff country where women have no rights. #FreeAsap — Mrs. Petty (@NICKIMINAJ) July 10, 2019
On August 2, a Swedish Judge ordered the rapper's release, pending the verdict in his assault trial.
It was reported that A$SAP Rocky was allowed to leave the country, but during that time, even his lawyer did not know if his client wants to go.
U.S. President Donald Trump, who has been a vocal supporter of the rapper in the case, hailed his release from custody.
A$AP Rocky released from prison and on his way home to the United States from Sweden. It was a Rocky Week, get home ASAP A$AP! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 2, 2019
In a tweet, he said, "A$AP Rocky release from prison and on his way home to the United States from Sweden. It was a Rocky Week, get home ASAP A$AP!"
One of the first things ASAP did after he was released to write an Instagram post thanking his supporters.
View this post on InstagramTHANK 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 A post shared by PRETTY FLACKO (@asaprocky) on Aug 2, 2019 at 11:39am PDT
View this post on InstagramI AM OF COURSE DISAPPOINTED BY TODAY’S VERDICT. I WANT TO SAY THANKS AGAIN TO ALL OF MY FANS, FRIENDS, AND EVERYONE WHO SHOWED ME LOVE DURING THIS DIFFICULT TIME. IMMA KEEP MOVING FORWARD. THANK YOU TO MY TEAM, MY MANAGEMENT, ATTORNEYS, LABEL AND EVERYONE WHO ADVOCATED FOR JUSTICE. A post shared by PRETTY FLACKO (@asaprocky) on Aug 14, 2019 at 12:33pm PDT