US warned Sweden of ‘negative consequences’ if A$AP Rocky were not released from jail for trial

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A special U.S. presidential envoy warned of “potentially negative consequences” to U.S.-Swedish relations if American rapper A$AP Rocky were not released from prison and allowed to live in a hotel during his trial this week on assault charges in Stockholm, according to media reports.

According to letters obtained by Aftonbladet, the Swedish newspaper, and published by NBC News and CNN, Ambassador Robert O’Brien had sought an “immediate humanitarian release” for Rocky, including supervised detention in a Stockholm hotel.

Rocky, and two members of his entourage who were on trial, were allowed to leave Sweden on Friday following their three-day trial to await a verdict Aug. 14.

The 30-year-old rapper, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, flew by private airplane to Los Angeles, arriving Friday night.

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