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Celebrities Demand ASAP Rocky's Release From Swedish Detention Center

A court ruled on Friday that ASAP Rocky was a flight risk and must to be confined to a detention center, the Swedish Prosecution Authority said in a statement

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    Celebrities Demand ASAP Rocky's Release From Swedish Detention Center
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    NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05: Rapper A$AP Rocky performs during Rihanna "Diamonds" World Tour at Barclays Center on May 5, 2013 in the Brooklyn burough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)

    A growing number of celebrities are calling for the release of ASAP Rocky, who was arrested last week on suspicion of assault while on tour in Stockholm.

    ASAP Rocky, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, was in Sweden to headline Smash x Stadion, a two-day hip-hop festival that began on July 2 in the country's capital.

    The incident under investigation occurred on June 30 in Stockholm, where he was staying ahead of the concert. The two-time Grammy nominee was arrested on "probable grounds for serious assault," the Swedish Prosecution Authority said in a statement last week.

    Scores of celebrities including Sean "Diddy" Combs, Jada Pinkett Smith, Lala Anthony, Meek Mill and Kris Jenner have expressed support on social media.

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    "Stand in support and request @asvpxrocky's release from Swedish officials!" Pinkett Smith wrote on social media, using the hashtag #JusticeforRocky and linking to a Change.org petition demanding his release. The petition had nearly 400,000 signatures as of Wednesday afternoon.

    The rapper posted two videos on his Instagram account on July 2 that he said showed he and his entourage being followed by two men. In one clip, ASAP Rocky and his entourage repeatedly tell the men to stop following them.

    “We don’t know these guys and we didn’t want trouble,” ASAP Rocky wrote on Instagram, adding that they followed him four blocks.