“He Didn’t Free Me”: A$AP Rocky Says Donald Trump Wasn’t That Helpful in Sweden Assault Trial
A$AP Rocky debuted his new documentary, Stockholm Syndrome, at the Tribeca film festival over the weekend.
On Sunday night, A$AP Rocky took the stage at the Tribeca Film Festival to debut his new documentary, Stockholm Syndrome. The documentary, directed by The Architects, follows Rocky’s 2019 assault trial and month-long incarceration in a Swedish prison and features never-before-seen footage and audio from the trial. In the film, Rocky admits that–despite his claims as to otherwise–Donald Trump’s involvement in the case didn’t really help him all that much.
“I kinda was scared that Trump was going to f— it up,” he said. “But then on the other hand, I’m just like, ‘That’s what’s up, man.’ You want the most support you could and it’s like, ‘Oh, the president supports you.’ That felt good. Cause for the most part, I don’t think he ever knows what’s going on in the urban communities … I was thankful for that, I can’t lie. I was also scared that it would jeopardize me being in [jail] longer.”
Though Rocky was found guilty of assault and ordered to pay $1,270 to the victim, the court system awarded him a suspended sentence, allowing him to return home after spending a month behind bars, most of which was in solitary confinement. Towards the end of the film, Rocky concludes that Trump’s involvement may have done more harm than good.
“It was a chess move and they tried to strong arm a lot,” he said. “In reality, I had no problem saying thank you to the man, especially if he helped me. That’s the narrative they pushing: That he got me out. And he didn’t free me. If anything, he made it a little worse.“
Fans (in America) can stream Stockholm Syndrome for $15 using Tribeca at Home. Purchased films are available to stream on demand from June 14th-23rd.