Kim Kardashian is continually using her clout with the White House to help secure the release of inmates. The makeup mogul and law student recently thanked Donald Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner for their work in helping to free rapper A$AP Rocky and two of his friends, who were arrested in Stockholm, Sweden earlier this month.
The American rapper (real name Rakim Mayers) and two friends were arrested on July 3 after their involvement in a fight, with police detaining the men on “probable grounds for serious assault.” ASAP was in town to headline the Smash x Stadium music festival when two men allegedly began following the musician and his companions on the street. In a video posted to ASAP’s Instagram page, the group can be seen asking the men to leave them alone, with the musician writing that the men had been following them for four blocks and were reportedly assaulting women on the street.
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Thank you @realDonaldTrump , @SecPompeo, Jared Kushner & everyone involved with the efforts to Free ASAP Rocky & his two friends. Your commitment to justice reform is so appreciated 🙏🏼🤞🏼 https://t.co/Ym1Rzo5Z6c
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) July 18, 2019
ASAP was arrested and has been held in a Swedish jail, where the conditions are reportedly inhumane. According to TMZ, ASAP has only a yoga mat to sleep on, has been forced to drink unsanitary water, and is given one apple a day as his only source of food. Swedish prosecutors were granted an extension to continue their investigation before deciding whether to charge the American with a crime, with the Stockholm District Court now having until July 25 to make their ruling.
But it appears as though the intervention of ASAP’s famous friends may help free the rapper. The White House has not directly commented on the situation, but Kardashian’s tweet is leading many to believe that President Trump has intervened and arranged for ASAP to be released. TMZ is reporting that Kardashian notified Kushner of the situation, with the senior advisor informing the POTUS that he believed ASAP was being unfairly held (the website points out the stark differences in the handling of ASAP’s case compared to the arrest of white rapper G-Eazy in 2018). Members of the White House’s Urban Revitalization Coalition have also been involved in the situation, though the Swedish courts appear unresponsive to the efforts thus far, citing Rocky as a flight risk.
West and Kardashian aren’t the only celebrities to get involved with ASAP Rocky’s case, with Shawn Mendes, Diddy, Jada Pinkett Smith, Meek Mill, Lala Anthony, and Kardashian’s mother Kris Jenner all showing their support on social media.
Kardashian has continued to use her platform to help free unjustly treated inmates; the public figure already has helped to secure the release of 17 people. In June, Kardashian spoke at the White House to announce a new initiative with Lyft that will assist ex-cons, providing them with free transportation in order to attend job interviews and get to and from work.