Rapper A$AP Rocky Has Been Charged With Assault Over Sweden Brawl
US rapper A$AP Rocky has been charged with assault by Swedish authorities following an alleged street fight in Stockholm last month.
The rapper -- real name Rakim Mayers -- was in the country ahead of the Smash X Stadion festival when a fight broke out at a restaurant between Rocky, two members of his entourage, and two pedestrians.
Swedish prosecutor Daniel Suneson wrote in a statement that he filed charges “having come to the conclusion that the events in question constitute a crime and despite claims of self-defence and provocation," AAP reports.
US President Donald Trump weighed in on the situation on July 20, writing on Twitter that he'd spoken to rapper Kanye West "about his friend A$AP Rocky's incarceration".
"I will be calling the very talented Prime Minister of Sweden to see what we can do about helping A$AP Rocky," he wrote, adding that "so many people would like to see this quickly resolved".
However, according to a statement released by the Swedish government, the country's prime minister -- Stefan Lofven -- has no plans to offer Rocky "special treatment".
According to the New York Times, the statement released by press secretary Toni Eriksson detailed a phone conversation between Mr Trump and Mr Lovfen that lasted about 20 minutes.
The statement from the Swedish prime minister “underlined that in Sweden everyone is equal before the law and that the government cannot and will not attempt to influence the legal proceedings".
The rapper has maintained his innocence and stated that he acted in self-defence, posting a video of two men who were interacting with him and his friends on a street in Stockholm.
"So a few drug addicts are not my fans,” the rapper captioned the video. “We don’t know these guys and we didn’t want trouble, they followed us for four blocks, and they were slapping girls butts who passed, give me a break.”
Rocky has been in custody since July 3 and will remain there until a trial is set by The Stockholm District Court.
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