Rocky’s manager, John Ehmann, launched an online petition Tuesday in which he claimed the prison had the rapper under “24/7 solitary confinement, restriction of amenities for the most basic of human functions, access to palatable and life sustaining food as well as unsanitary conditions.”
Now, Fredrik Wallin, the governor of the Swedish prison, is defending the facility, telling Page Six in a statement that Kronoberg is “recently renovated,” clean and offers three meals a day to its prisoners.
He would not confirm whether Rocky was in their custody, speaking only on the “general conditions which apply to all prisoners,” but the Swedish courts previously told us that is where the rapper is being detained.
“Normally, you live in a prison cell which consists of a desk, a bed with a mattress and a TV,” Wallin said. “During the last few years, we have completed a large reconstruction where all the prison cells as well as the rest of the remand prison have been completely renovated, which make the remand prison in good condition. I have no knowledge on any current diseases in the remand prison.”
A remand prison in Sweden is a facility for individuals who have been arrested for a crime and are awaiting trial. Rocky began his pre-trial two-week sentence on Friday while police investigate the June 30 street fight that led to his arrest.
Asylum-seekers awaiting deportation, substance abusers or mentally ill people waiting to be placed in an institution could also be held at a remand prison, according to the facility’s website.
In his online petition, Ehmann claimed the conditions of the facility where his client is staying “are horrific.”
Wallin told us that Kronoberg makes a concerted effort to keep the facility clean.
“If someone spills their food, has any type of accident or hurts themselves which might cause blood, we immediately sanitize, using a professional cleaning company,” he said. “This is done for the sake of the prisoners as well as for our staff for them to have decent working conditions.”
In response to whether Rocky is given “life sustaining food,” Wallin pointed out that all prisoners are given breakfast, lunch and dinner. Kristina Granqvist, the head of media relations at the prison, also provided us with a sample menu.
For the week of July 8 to July 14, prisoners at Kronoberg were given dishes including minced meat, potato soup, sausage stew with rice, cod, mashed potatoes, chili and spicy pasta.
A video posted on the prison’s website shows how guards deliver meals to prisoners.
Ehmann also claimed that Rocky is under “24/7 solitary confinement,” which means he would be under restrictions, according to the prison’s website. This would mean that prisoners may be denied visits, access to newspapers, radio, television or their phone calls may be monitored or fully denied.
A source told us it’s believed that Rocky is “not on restriction.”
The Swedish courts handling Rocky’s case said in a statement to Page Six Tuesday that the Swedish prosecutor has until July 19 to decide how to prosecute the rapper. He will be detained until then, and if the prosecutor files an extension, the courts will “then decide whether to accept the extension of the period or not.”