A$AP Rocky Charged With Assault in Sweden

ASAP Rocky (Credit: Shutterstock)

A$AP Rocky was handed more bad news Thursday in Sweden, when prosecutors charged him with assault causing actual bodily harm in connection with a Stockholm street brawl.

The rapper, who has already spent weeks in jail, was ordered to remain in custody until his trial begins, according to CNN.

Under Swedish law, the trial must take place within two weeks. If convicted, Rocky could spend up to two years in jail. Two members of the hip-hop star’s entourage were also charged and are facing trial.

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A$AP Rocky, real name Rakim Mayers, is accused of assaulting a man in Stockholm on June 30 during a fight that was captured on video. The rapper has been detained since he voluntarily went to a police station for questioning on July 2. He was in Sweden for a music festival.

Viral video of the incident showed Rocky, 30, grabbing a man and tossing him to the ground, but the Harlem rapper said in a video posted on Instagram that he was defending himself after being attacked by “drug addicts.”

Prosecutor Daniel Suneson dismissed the self defense claim, telling CNN he studied videos of the confrontation and reached a different conclusion.

“It is worth nothing that I have had access to a greater amount of material than that which has previously been available on the internet,” Suneson said. “In addition to video material, the injured party’s statements have been supported by witness statements.”

Court documents obtained by CNN claim A$AP Rocky and two other men assaulted the victim by kicking and beating him with a glass bottle.

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The man seen on the video harassing the rapper and his bodyguard will not be charged.

Rocky’s incarceration has caused anger here in the U.S., with Sweden facing accusations of racism and unfair treatment. Fans and celebrities, including Sean “Diddy” Combs, Justin Bieber and Kanye West have voiced support for the rapper and questioned why he remains in jail.

A Change.org petition demanding the rapper’s release has been signed by more than 620,000 people.

On Saturday, President Trump said he spoke with Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven about the Grammy-nominated artist and “offered to personally vouch for his bail.” Although Sweden does not have laws allowing bail.

The prime minister’s spokesperson later issued a statement saying the rapper would not be getting any special treatment.

“The prime minister made sure to point out that the Swedish judicial system, prosecutors and courts, are completely independent,” the statement said. “He also pointed out that everyone is equal before the law and that the government neither can nor will try to influence the judicial process.”

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