American hip-hop star A$AP Rocky could reportedly face up to six years in prison after he was arrested and detained in Sweden following a street fight.

More than 300,000 people, including a host of celebrities, have signed a petition calling for Rocky’s release after it was alleged he is being held in “inhumane conditions” in a Stockholm prison.

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Here’s everything we know so far about the incident, the events leading up to Rocky being detained and what could happen next.

Who is A$AP Rocky?

Rakim Mayers, known by his stage name A$AP Rocky, is New York rapper, producer, model and actor. 

When and why was he arrested?

Rocky, 30, was arrested on July 2 on suspicion of aggravated assault after a video capturing a street brawl in downtown Stockholm emerged on social media. In the clip, Rocky can be seen throwing a young man onto the ground.

After the fight, Rocky reportedly voluntarily went to the police to tell officers about the incident. Showbiz website TMZ reported he was arrested “immediately” and that the U.S Embassy was not notified.

How long is he being detained for? 

A Swedish court ruled Rocky a flight risk and ordered him to spend two weeks in pre-trial detention while police investigate. On July 8, Sweden’s Supreme Court rejected Rocky’s appeal against his detention. 

According to Rocky's team, the prosecutor on the case said that he is working to receive an additional two-week extension for a trial to begin in mid-August.

What is his lawyer saying?

Rocky’s lawyer Henrik Olsson Lilja said his client was attacked and his actions were in self-defence.

Why has a petition been launched?

Rocky’s hip-hop collective ASAP Mob launched a petition demanding for his release, alleging he has been denied the right to fair representation and is being held in “inhumane conditions”. Swedish authorities have denied the allegations.  

The petition also alleges that Rocky and three other people were acting in self-defence when they were involved in a disturbance, saying they were followed through Stockholm and harassed.

Among the celebrities to have put their names to the #JusticeforRocky petition are Post Malone, Lil Yachty, Miguel and ASAP Ferg. As of Wednesday morning UK time, more than 330,000 people had signed it. 


Always strive and prosper. Love you very much #justiceforrocky

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What will happen next?

Rocky remains detained and his lawyer has said they will “continue to work our defence plans”. If convicted, he could reportedly face up to six years in prison.

It is unclear what will happen with Rocky’s remaining tour dates. He had been set to perform in the UK, Ireland, Russia, Germany, Belgium, Ukraine, Italy and Spain, as well as North America in early autumn.