A $ AP Rocky will perform at Lowlands on Sunday, his management told the festival organization on Tuesday. The rapper is still a suspect in a Swedish abuse case.
For a long time, festival visitors feared that the American artist would not come to Europe after his release from a Swedish cell last week.
"We never said he would not come again," said a Lowlands spokesperson in a comment to NU.nl. "During his detention, A $ AP Rocky also indicated that he would like to come and management confirmed on Tuesday that he would be playing with us."
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"Management will not take risk"
The judge will rule on the case on Wednesday. The prosecutor has demanded six months in prison. The spokesperson is not afraid that A $ AP Rocky will be arrested a few days later in Biddinghuizen. "That risk will not be run by his management."
If A $ AP Rocky is sentenced to jail on Wednesday, he runs the risk of being arrested by the Dutch police upon his arrival in the Netherlands and handed over to Sweden. According to lawyer Bas Martens from the Delissen Martens firm, the artist can await a decision from the judge about his arrest, but it is entirely up to the judge whether he can await the judgment in freedom. "If he finds that there is a risk of escape, he will have to await the appeal in custody."
If A $ AP Rocky opposes surrender to Sweden, he might be stuck in the Netherlands for a while, Martens continues. "That will take a few more weeks. Often the person who lodges an objection may await the outcome in freedom. Then he could take the initiative. The judge will probably not let him go without conditions, such as handing in his passport."
The thirty-year-old artist was arrested in Sweden in early July after video footage surfaced showing that he is hitting and kicking a nineteen-year-old man. The incident took place in Stockholm on 30 June. The rapper, who says he acted in self-defense, was in town because he was going to perform at a Swedish festival.
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