News of the rapper going back to Sweden made headlines because he was arrested in Stockholm on July 3 for having a street fight. He was charged with assault and was jailed for nearly a month before being freed on August 2 to await the verdict.
In the end, Rocky was found guilty and was sentenced to “conditional sentences,” which means he didn’t have to serve any more time behind bars unless he broke a similar law in the country. He was also slapped with a fine of 12,500 kronor, which is about $1,307.
When Rocky first spoke about going back to Sweden, the 31-year-old said he’d be more than willing to perform for inmates there but it probably wouldn’t be allowed.
“I would love to, but being that it’s a maximum-security lockdown detention center, where you’ve got to stay in a room for 23-hours a day, I doubt they’ll let those people get a performance,” he told TMZ earlier this month.
But someone from the gossip site reportedly spoke to The Swedish Prison and Probation Service, and although they haven’t received a formal request from Rocky for a prison performance, they would make a serious consideration if one came in.
Either way, the “Praise the Lord” rapper will be performing a show on Dec. 11 at the Ericsson Globe in Stockholm, and some proceeds will be given to the Swedish Network of Refugee Support Groups, a local nonprofit.
In his interview about going back to Sweden, Rocky said inmates there — many who are African and Arab immigrants — remain behind bars between 10 months and two years before getting to see a judge.
But Swedish officials say that information is incorrect, and about 15 percent remain behind bars for four months or longer before seeing a judge.