The rapper will remain in custody in Stockholm until his trial
A$AP Rocky has officially been charged with assault, causing actual bodily harm, following an altercation in Sweden earlier this month. He will remain in custody until his trial, a date which has yet to be announced.
A statement from the prosecutor on July 25 confirms the charges filed against the rapper and two other members of his team, due to “having come to the conclusion that the events in question constitute a crime and despite claims of self-defence and provocation,” as the Guardian reports. The prosecutor also says they have received a victim’s statement backed up by multiple witness statements that corroborate the incident.
The rapper was arrested on June 30 after a fight with a group of men in Stockholm, Sweden, prior to his appearance at Smash Festival. A video published online appears to show Rocky punching one man, which he claims was self-defence after a group followed him and his entourage, harassing them relentlessly. A second video posted to his own Instagram afterwards shows the rapper and his team members telling a male duo to leave them alone repeatedly, who continue to follow them. Rocky says: “We don’t want to fight you… We don’t want no problem with these boys – they keep following us.”
Rocky, real name Rakim Mayers, wrote in an Instagram caption: “We don’t know these guys and we didn’t want trouble, they followed us for 4 blocks.” Mayers also claims in one video that their alleged attacker hit his security guard with his headphones.
Rocky has remained in custody at Kronoberg prison since July 3 while the incident has been investigated – his mother and close friends have continually voiced their concern for his treatment and “inhumane” living conditions. A source reportedly told TMZ that the rapper was sleeping on a yoga mat with no blanket, was given dirty drinking water, and was given only an apple to eat each day during one five-day stint. The Swedish authorities received two time extensions to further investigate whether to charge him.
People close to Rocky also claim he was initially denied a request to counsel, highlighting that it’s in violation of Article 36 of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, which Sweden is a signatory of. He has since been allowed a meeting with the US Embassy Consult and his attorney, but only in the presence of Swedish officials.
I performed in Jamaica before & when i got off the stage I was surrounded by police with guns drawn. They were ready 2 take me to jail b/c they said I forgot to bleep a couple curses.... I could make one mistake & go to jail in a diff country where women have no rights. #FreeAsap— MEGATRON (@NICKIMINAJ) July 10, 2019
The last month of detainment has led to multiple festival appearance cancellations.
An online petition has garnered 630,000 signatures at time of writing, and support from Tyler, the Creator, Nicki Minaj, and Naomi Campbell, among others, who assert that Rocky is being made an example of. Kanye West and Kim Kardashian West called on US president Donald Trump to intervene and help Rocky, and Trump claims to have been in talks with the Swedish prime minister Stefan Löfven to “personally vouch” for him.
The rapper’s bodyguard, arrested on suspicion of assault, was released earlier in this month. Two alleged victims were originally involved in the case, but the prosecutor dropped one due to a lack of evidence, pursuing just one. One alleged victim, who was also being investigated for attempted assault, assault, and abuse, had the case dropped on July 22.
The #JusticeForRocky movement continues to grow online, demanding that Rocky is released by Swedish officials and brought home to the US immediately.
The Stockholm District Court will set a date for the trial, and Rocky and his two entourage members will remain in custody. The trial is expected to last three days.
no more sweden for me, ever— Tyler, The Creator (@tylerthecreator) July 8, 2019