Swedish Ambassador denies ‘Inhumane’ conditions for ASAP Rocky in detention

An Ambassador to Sweden spoke with a TMZ reporter in an interview and answered numerous questions about ASAP Rocky’s arrest and time spent in the Swedish detention center. Also discussed were the racial bias shown towards him and the condition of the detention center he’s in.

ASAP has not been singled out, according to Karin Olofsdotter when speaking with TMZ Live. She continuously stuck to her story that Rocky has not been singled out and has not been treated differently than any other inmate. However, it’s strange that the other man involved in the alleged assault wasn’t arrested. When questions pertaining to that crept up, Olofsdotter told TMZ that she couldn’t answer certain questions about the case.

“There is a charge against that person, and if a person is to be held in custody or in remand, it depends on a lot of things,” she explained. “If the sentence carries more than one year or if there’s a risk of absconding if the person hasn’t presented its proper name and is not a resident of Sweden. So it all depends on the circumstances.” When pressed on the question as to why ASAP was arrested and the other man was not, she gave a vague response only noting that “it depends on what charges are being pressed or how the crime is labeled.” 

Olofsdotter argued with the reporters, Harvey Levin, and Charles Latibeaudiere, about the legitimacy of the claims that surfaced last week about ASAP’s living conditions.

“That’s also not correct,” she said. “The lawyer of Mr. Meyers has come back and he’s been interviewed in Swedish media saying those facts are not correct.”

The Swedish Ambassador mentioned that Sweden is a safe place to travel to after comments of people of color not feeling safe traveling to Sweden came up “They’re more than welcome to Sweden,” and said the country is among the top 5 nations that enforce the “rule of law.”

She’s been in contact with U.S. officials as she’s spoken to members of the State Department, Congress, and the White House but she said that most of those correspondences were attempts to clarify the misunderstandings that have been portrayed in American media.

If ASAP is convicted, he could serve up to six years in the Swedish prison.

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