US President Donald Trump offered Saturday to guarantee the bail of rapper ASAP Rocky, detained in Sweden on suspicion of assault following a street brawl.
Trump tweeted that he had spoken with Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, who he said gave assurances that the singer would be treated fairly.
“Likewise, I assured him that A$AP was not a flight risk and offered to personally vouch for his bail, or an alternative,” Trump wrote.
There is no system of bail in Sweden.
Trump said he and Lofven had agreed to speak again over the next 48 hours.
Fans, fellow artists and US Congress members have campaigned for the 30-year-old artist, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, to be freed since his arrest on July 3 following the fight on June 30.
Prosecutors had faced a deadline on Friday to press charges or release the artist. They requested an extension to finish the probe, and the Stockholm District Court granted it, setting a new deadline of July 25.
Trump intervened after an appeal to him from rapper Kanye West and his wife Kim Kardashian.
Mayer has claimed he was acting in self defense after two young men harassed and followed him and his entourage.
Three other people were arrested alongside Mayer and one of them — the rapper’s bodyguard — was later released.
Part of the incident was captured on amateur video published by entertainment outlet TMZ.
In the video, the rapper, who was in Stockholm for a concert, can be seen throwing one of the men into the street and then aiming several punches at him while he is down.
But Mayers posted his own videos on Instagram showing the lead-up to the clash, in which the young man can be seen arguing with the rapper, who repeatedly asks the man and his friend to stop following them.
One of the young men can also been seen hitting a member of the artist’s entourage.
Billionaire Walton family behind pro-charter school protest at Elizabeth Warren rally
The senator spoke with the parents who protested her education plan after the event.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren's rally on Thursday night in Atlanta was interrupted by a group of parents protesting the Massachusetts Democrat's stance on charter schools—but the grassroots-appearing demonstration was reportedly funded by the billionaire Walton family, which has poured hundreds of millions of dollars into privately-run schools critics say pull money away from public education.
Authorities thwart school shooting in Los Angeles — and seized assault-style rifle with 100 rounds of ammunition
Authorities have thwarted another mass shooting. A 13-year-old boy was planning a mass shooting at his Los Angeles school but police were able to stop him and seize his weapons.
Among the items taken was an assault-style rifle with about 100 rounds of ammunition, according to CNN's Josh Campbell.
According to NBC News, "the discovery was made in response to a call about a student who wanted to shoot other students and staff. He added that the suspect, who was not immediately identified, purchased parts on the internet to build a "ghost gun" — meaning it was assembled at home and had no serial numbers, a way for owners to avoid registering them."
Bolton returns to Twitter, says White House tried to silence him, gets slammed: ‘Stop trying to sell books and testify’
Former Trump National Security Advisor John Bolton, who resigned in early September, has been under attack for not testifying before the House Intelligence Committee's impeachment inquiry. Bolton, however, does have a new $2 million book deal, leading some to criticize the career consultant and diplomat (and some say war hawk) for not revealing what he knows about the Trump administration unless he can sell it in a book.s impeachment inquiry
Friday morning "Fox & Friends," during its non-stop 57 minute interview, asked President Trump about Bolton – and specifically if he had frozen his Twitter account, since the former Ambassador has not tweeted in months.