President Donald Trump announced on Friday that Grammy-nominated A$AP Rocky has just been released from a Swedish jail, along with two other defendants in the case.
“A$AP Rocky released from prison and on his way home to the United States from Sweden. It was a Rocky Week, get home ASAP A$AP!,” President Trump tweeted – like a boss.
Alicia Powe reported on lauraloomer.us yesterday, “The 30-year-old Grammy-nominated rapper, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, is facing aggravated assault charges in Sweden, along with two men who were members of his entourage, after brawling with a 19-year-old Afghan migrant Mustafa Jafari in Stockholm.” Jafari was accompanied by another unnamed man in the video, who was named as a plaintiff in the case.
Attorney’s for the rapper stated A$AP Rocky, along with his bodyguard “begged and pleaded” with the two men to make peace but the situation escalated and they had no choice but to defend themselves.
“After a while, my security guard started pushing him away, begging him to leave,” Rocky said. “[Jafari] was persistent, he kept coming after us, and kept going ‘come on, come on.”
“We attempted to walk away and when we walked away we were followed. We begged them not to follow us,” he added.
Rocky then pushed Jafari to the ground and threw several punches at the man. Jafari testified on Thursday that Rocky’s bodyguard – referred to as “Tee” in court documents – pushed him away, grabbed him by the neck and held him off of the ground. Jafari added that at some point during the altercation, “Tee” broke his headphones. Jafari stated when he attempted to talk about his headphones haven been broken, he was hit in the back of the head with a bottle and beat by four men.
“We don’t want to fight ya’ll, we’re not trying to go to jail,” Rocky is heard saying, while the two men continue trying to provoke the rapper and his bodyguard.
At one point, Rocky looks into the camera and says, “Look, just for the cameras, we don’t want no problems with these boys. They keep following me. Look at them, they keep following me.”
Two eyewitnesses testified in court on Friday they did not see Rocky strike Jafari with a bottle. Jafari claimed the bottle was hurled at him, striking him in the back of the head and resulting in severe injury.
Prosecutors in the case say the bottle can be seen on video hidden in Rocky’s sleeve, but the bodyguard suggested Jafari was the one holding the bottle. “Tee” stated he saw something greenish in color in Jafari’s hand and that his injuries may have been self inflicted.
It will be up to the court to decide if the actions taken by A$AP Rocky and his bodyguard, “Tee” were justified, or excessive.
President Donald Trump was first made privy to A$AP Rocky’s imprisonment when Grammy-award winning rapper Kanye West and his wife Kim Kardashian West requested The White House’s help in advocating for their friend and fellow rapper.
President Trump called for A$AP Rocky to be released several times on Twitter, and last Thursday stated he was “very disappointed” in Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven’s inability to act in the matter.
A$AP Rocky faces up to the maximum sentence of two years in prison if convicted in the case.
The verdict in the case against the 30-year-old rapper is expected August 14.