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- A$AP Rocky, whose birth name is Rakim Mayers, spent a month in a Swedish jail after he was detained in July over an altercation in Stockholm.
- He was found guilty of assault on August 14, but had been released from custody on August 2, after President Donald Trump called for his release.
- Now two Trump officials have told Yahoo News how they brought Rocky’s case to Trump after deciding there needed to be a presidential intervention. They say the president never received a thank you.
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Two of President Donald Trump’s allies say they want A$AP Rocky to publicly thank the president for helping coordinate the rapper’s release from a Swedish jail, but are concerned he’ll never do it.
Rocky, whose birth name is Rakim Mayers, spent a month in a Swedish jail after he was detained in July over an altercation in Stockholm. He was found guilty of assault on August 14, but had been released from custody on August 2, after Trump called for his release.
Rocky publicly thanked his fans on Instagram for their support following the ordeal, but has yet to publicly thank Trump himself.
Now two Trump officials have told Yahoo News how they brought Rocky’s case to Trump after deciding there needed to be a presidential intervention.
Darrell Scott, an Ohio pastor who served on Trump’s transition team, and Kareem Lanier, co-chairman of the Urban Revitalization Coalition, a non-profit bringing Trump’s agenda to the black community, said when they learned of Rocky’s arrest, they got in contact with the rapper’s manager, John Ehmann.
Scott and Lanier said all they asked in return for helping Rocky was a thank you.
“The White House didn’t ask for anything. There were no conditions attached, but my condition and Kareem’s condition was that all I’m asking for you guys to do is say thank you,” Scott recalled telling Rocky’s manager.
Scott and Lanier told Yahoo that they then got in touch with Trump’s close aide and son-in-law Jared Kushner, who passed the news on to the president.
On the day of his release, Rocky posted an Instagram thanking his fans and friends for supporting him.
Lanier and Scott said they began reaching out to Rocky’s team, hoping for a thank you, but received “all these excuses” from Ehmann, saying the rapper needed rest.
Rocky again posted a thank you the day the verdict was announced, but, according to Lanier and Scott, he didn’t thank the White House – and he still hasn’t.
“All he had to do was do a two-minute call to say thank you,” said Scott. “Rocky hasn’t even called us and said, ‘Hey, man, thank you guys. I appreciate it,’ in private. Just in private.”
Insider has contacted Ehmann’s employer, RCA, for comment.
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