The Swedish government might be on the hook for millions due to one legal loophole. According to a new report from TMZ that was published Tuesday (July 23), Sweden would be legally required to reimburse A$AP Rocky for any monetary losses he has suffered.
Under Swedish law, if a person is wrongfully held in detention for a crime they were eventually found not guilty of, the Swedish government would owe the defendant all the money lost during incarceration and the trial.
Following his arrest in Stockholm, the A$AP Mob crew member was forced to cancel several performances, practically clearing out his entire summer schedule, including stages at the Open’er Festival in Poland, Wireless Festival in London and Longitude Festival in Ireland.
He has already had to cancel 12 shows, so far, and he has six more lined up through August to September, going by his tour schedule posted on asapmob.com. Although it is unclear how much the Harlem artist gets for a gig, TMZ gave a generous estimate of $100,000.
Rocky’s mother, Renee Black, shared her thoughts on the whole situation. She believes the Slavic country is making an example out of Rocky. When asked if she felt Rocky’s race was a factor, she told the outlet, “If it walks like a duck and it quacks like a duck, then it's a duck."
“I feel like Sweden is making an example out of my boy and it’s so unjust,” she added.
Rocky has been locked up abroad for three weeks. He was originally only supposed to be behind bars for two weeks but Swedish officials requested a week-long extension after the initial July 19 deadline so police could their finish investigation.
On July 25, prosecutors are expected to announce if they have decided whether or not to charge him. If found guilty, Rocky faces up to six years in Swedish prison.
We will continue to keep you updated on Rocky’s case as information becomes available.
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