The fight to get ASAP Rocky released from a Swedish jail moved to Washington D.C. on Wednesday.
Rep. Adriano Espaillat, a Democrat who represents New York’s 13th Congressional District, held a press conference on Capitol Hill to call on the US State Department and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to do more to secure the rapper's freedom as well as that of two others detained with him, Bladimir Corniel and David Rispers.
The three men have been held since July 2 in connection with an investigation into a street fight that took place in Stockholm on June 30.
Rep. Adriano Espaillat from New York’s 13th Congressional District held a press conference on Capitol Hill Wednesday to urge the US State Department to do more to secure the release from prison in Sweden of ASAP Rocky and two other men - Bladimir Corniel and David Rispers. He was joined by Rispers' mother, left, and Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, right
Espaillat's district includes ASAP Rocky's home neighborhood of Harlem and speaking to ABC News, he said he had visited the mother of the rapper - real name Rakim Mayers - on Sunday.
He expressed concern that the three Americans are being held in solitary confinement ahead of another scheduled court hearing on Friday.
'We are calling on Secretary Pompeo to do more,' Espaillat said at the press conference.
'It is unconscionable that young men that are doing well, they are on the right track in life, they're very successful, they're icons in the hip-hop community, are treated under these inhuman conditions.'
He also stated that he's been told that Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs Carl Risch is traveling to Sweden and will attend Friday's hearing.
Joining Espaillat at the media event was Nikita Rispers, the mother of David Rispers, and Congressional Black Caucus members Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, who chairs the House Democratic Caucus, Rep. André Carson (D-IN) and Congressional Hispanic Caucus chairman Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX).
ASAP Rocky, pictured in Paris in June, and the two other men were taken into custody on July 2 in connection with a police investigation into a street brawl in Stockholm on June 30
The trio are reportedly being held in solitary confinement in prison ahead of a scheduled court hearing on Friday
Swedish prosecutors must decide by Friday whether Rocky will face charges.
The star's lawyer, Alan Jackson, said: 'President Trump has made bringing home unjustly held Americans a top priority for his administration. The State Department's interest in the case gives us great hope for Rocky's situation.
'Secretary Pompeo and Ambassador O'Brien have been relentless in their diplomatic efforts on behalf of American citizens being held all over the world.