Rapper A$AP Rocky charged with assault over battle in Sweden


STOCKHOLM — A Swedish prosecutor has charged rapper A$AP Rocky with assault over a battle in Stockholm final month, in a case that is drawn the eye of fellow recording artists in addition to U.S. President Donald Trump.

Rocky, a platinum-selling, Grammy-nominated artist whose actual title is Rakim Mayers, has been in custody since July three as authorities examine a battle he was allegedly concerned in on June 30 earlier than showing at a music competition.

Prosecutor Daniel Suneson mentioned in an announcement Thursday that he filed prices in opposition to the artist and two others “suspected of assault inflicting precise bodily hurt, having come to the conclusion that the occasions in query represent against the law and regardless of claims of self-defense and provocation.”

The three suspects will stay in custody till trial. The Stockholm District Courtroom plans to announce subsequent week when that may happen.

Movies revealed on social media seem to point out an individual being violently thrown onto the bottom by Rocky, 30. A protection lawyer has mentioned it was self-defense.

Suneson mentioned he reached a unique conclusion after learning movies.

“It’s price noting that I’ve had entry to a better quantity of fabric than that which has beforehand been obtainable on the web,” he mentioned. “Along with video materials, the injured celebration’s statements have been supported by witness statements.”

Suneson added that there have been initially two injured events within the case, however the allegations regarding one in every of them had been dropped because of “inadequate supporting proof” and the costs relate to just one alleged sufferer. That particular person has not been recognized.

A counter-allegation was made by the artist’s bodyguard in opposition to one of many alleged victims, however that case was closed earlier this week, the prosecutor mentioned.

Sean “Diddy” Combs, Justin Bieber and Kris Jenner are among the celebrities who’ve publicly expressed assist for Rocky. The platinum-selling, Grammy-nominated artist has collaborated with Kendrick Lamar, Cardi B, Drake and Selena Gomez.

On Saturday, Trump mentioned he spoke with Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven about A$AP Rocky and “provided to personally vouch for his bail,” one thing that’s not obtainable below Swedish regulation. Urged on by the primary girl and celebrities together with Kanye West and Kim Kardashian West, the president had mentioned in a Friday tweet that he would intervene to attempt to free Rocky.

Lofven’s press secretary, Toni Eriksson, later mentioned that the 2 leaders had a “pleasant and respectful” dialog by which Lofven “made sure to emphasise the whole independence of the Swedish judicial system, prosecutors and courts” and pressured that the federal government can not and won’t try and affect the authorized proceedings.

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