Swedish prosecutors officially charge US rapper A$AP Rocky with assault and will remain in custody
American rapper A$AP Rocky has been charged with assault after a confrontation in Stockholm in June.
The 30-year-old whose real name is Rakim Mayers has been in custody since July 3, following a confrontation in the Swedish capital on June 30. The rapper’s lawyer, Slobodan Jovicic, has maintained he was defending himself after being assaulted and that his client is innocent.
Two other individuals have also been charged for their involvement in the brawl, Swedish public prosecutor Daniel Suneson said in a statement. All will remain in custody until the trial. Suneson said that he had determined the events constituted a crime “despite claims of self-defense and provocation” after reviewing video material and witness statements.
“It is worth noting that I have had access to a greater amount of material than that which has previously been available on the internet. In addition to video material, the injured party’s statements have been supported by witness statements,” Suneson said.
Video clips shared on Instagram by A$AP Rocky show the rapper and his companions repeatedly ask two men to stop following them. The rapper wrote in a caption that one of the men hit a member of his security “in the face with headphones,” and reasserted that he was “innocent.” But, in another video posted by TMZ, A$AP Rocky appears to grab one of the men and throw him to the ground.
Another angle appeared to show the rapper and members of his entourage kicking and punching the man. Suneson said there were two injured in the assault, but allegations of one were dropped due to insufficient evidence and the prosecution only related to one injured party.