Fact Check: Drake Was NOT Arrested By Swedish Police At Nightclub On July 14, 2022

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  • by: Christiana Dillard
Fact Check: Drake Was NOT Arrested By Swedish Police At Nightclub On July 14, 2022 Fact Check: Drake Was NOT Arrested By Swedish Police At Nightclub On July 14, 2022 Arrest Denied

Was the rapper Drake arrested by the Swedish police in a nightclub in July of 2022? No, that's not true: There is no evidence to support the claim and both Drake's team and Swedish police have reportedly denied the rumor.

The claim appeared in an Instagram post on July 14, 2022. It featured a graphic of Drake with text that reads:

Drake and his security are rumored to have been arrested by Swedish Police at a nightclub.

The current reason is rumored to be marijuana related.

This is how the post looked on Instagram at the time of writing:

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(Source: Instagram screenshot taken on Fri Jul 15 14:37:07 2022 UTC)

The phrase "Free Drake" was trending on Twitter after the rumor circulated online starting on July 14, 2022:

free drake twitter.png
(Source: Twitter screenshot taken on Fri Jul 15 15:08:08 2022 UTC)

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(Source: Twitter screenshot taken on Fri Jul 15 15:12:47 2022 UTC)

However, several articles laid the rumor to rest. Citing Drake's team, outlets like The Hollywood Reporter, XXL and E! News all reported that the claim was untrue, with his team even saying that he was in his Stockholm hotel room. There was an image of what seemed a hotel room on Drake's Instagram story on July 14, 2022, although it was posted earlier in the day:

champagnepapi hotel room screenshot.png
(Source: Instagram screenshot taken on Fri Jul 15 15:23:32 2022 UTC)

Some outlets reported that the Swedish police confirmed that Drake was not in their custody.

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  Christiana Dillard

Christiana Dillard is a former news writer for Temple University’s Lew Klein College of Media and Communication. She received her undergraduate degree in English Writing from the University of Pittsburgh. She has been a freelance writer for several organizations including the Pittsburgh Black Media Federation, Pitt Magazine, and The Heinz Endowments. When she’s not producing or studying media she’s binging it, watching YouTube videos or any interesting series she can find on streaming services.

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