STOCKHOLM: U.S. rapper A$AP Rocky will go on trial for assault in Sweden on July 30 over his alleged involvement in a road brawl in Stockholm, the Swedish public prosecutor introduced on Thursday, prompting an indignant response from President Donald Trump.
Greatest recognized for his music Reward the Lord, the 30-year-old performer, producer and mannequin, whose actual identify is Rakim Mayers, was detained about three weeks in the past following an altercation with two males on June 30.
Mayers has mentioned he’s harmless and that the lads provoked him and his two companions who’ve additionally been charged with assault. If convicted, they might withstand two years in jail.
Trump, who final week urged Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven to free Mayers, fired off a pair of Twitter messages saying he was “very upset” in Lofven and demanding: “Deal with Individuals pretty!”
“We accomplish that a lot for Sweden however it doesn’t appear to work the opposite approach round. Sweden ought to give attention to its actual crime drawback! #FreeRocky,” Trump wrote.
The U.S. president had mentioned he would personally vouch for Mayers’ bail. Sweden doesn’t have a bail system. Lofven has mentioned he is not going to affect the rapper’s case.
Greater than half 1,000,000 folks, together with fellow artists Nicki Minaj and Put up Malone, have signed a web-based petition calling for Mayers’ launch on bail.
Public prosecutor Daniel Suneson mentioned he had begun felony proceedings towards Mayers and two others for suspected assault inflicting precise bodily hurt, regardless of claims of self defence and provocation.
“The artist is the one who threw the sufferer to the bottom after which, along with two different suspects, dealt him blows and kicks. A bottle was used through the assault and there are cuts on the arms and (on) the plaintiff’s ear,” Suneson advised Reuters.
“Provocation is one thing that I, as prosecutor, should at all times keep in mind, however I nonetheless consider that what they’ve carried out constitutes against the law,” he mentioned.
Suneson declined to say which of the suspects had wielded the bottle within the battle. Courtroom paperwork described the plaintiff as an individual needing a Persian translator, however didn’t present any additional particulars.
To plead not responsible
Mayers’ lawyer mentioned the rapper would plead not responsible on the trial when it begins on Tuesday.
“Mayers is extraordinarily marked by the point he has been detained. It’s robust to be principally remoted,” lawyer Slobodan Jovicic mentioned at a information convention.
“We’ve to be humble however I undoubtedly assume there are grounds for an acquittal,” he mentioned.
Suneson mentioned he would search a sentence of lower than 2 years. He mentioned he had checked out proof together with textual content messages and video footage that has not been made public.
Earlier than his arrest, Mayers had uploaded movies on Instagram of the alleged altercation, saying the 2 males had adopted his group and that he had not needed any hassle.
Mayers, additionally recognized by the pseudonym Lord Flacko, was in Stockholm to carry out on the Smash hip-hop pageant. His detention has compelled him to cancel a dozen reveals scheduled as a part of his Europe tour.
Mayers shot to fame along with his 2011 debut mixtape Reside.Love.A$AP, gaining recognition as a lot for his experimental strategy to music as for his unpredictable style model that made him the primary particular person of color to entrance luxurious model Dior Homme.
His newest album, Testing, bagged the No. four spot on the Billboard 200 charts on its launch final yr.