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A$AP Rocky Charged With Assault Over Brawl in Sweden

By Daniel Goldblatt

A$AP Rocky has been charged with assault, a Swedish prosecutor announced on Thursday, stemming from a fight in Stockholm that took place last month.

"I have today commenced criminal proceedings against the three individuals suspected of assault causing actual bodily harm, having come to the conclusion that the events in question constitute a crime and despite claims of self-defence and provocation," a statement from public prosecutor Daniel Suneson of the City Public Prosecution Office read.

Suneson continued, "In reaching this conclusion, I have studied the videos made available to the inquiry. 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."

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A$AP Rocky (real name: Rakim Mayers) has been in custody since July 3 after he was allegedly involved in a fight on the streets of Stockholm on June 30.

Two other suspects remain in custody and a trial is scheduled to start on July 30 and last three days.

The men face a maximum sentence of two years in prison.

Suneson said there were initially two injured parties in the case but "the allegations concerning one of these were dropped due to insufficient supporting evidence. The prosecution I have now brought therefore relates to only one injured party. A counter allegation was also made against one of the injured parties by the artist’s bodyguard."

A$AP's lawyer in Sweden, Slobodan Jovicic, said of the charges, "Rakim Mayers feels that he acted in self-defense, he is claiming that he is innocent, and in that perspective he of course is very sad."

The Stockholm District Court also released images from the investigation, taken of the alleged victim after the altercation took place.

The photos were taken on June 30, the night of the alleged altercation.

While several of A$AP's friends have spoken out on his behalf, the case got extra attention after President Donald Trump intervened.

On Sunday, Trump said he had a phone conversation with Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, "who assured me that American citizen A$AP Rocky will be treated fairly."

Trump also told the PM that Rocky would not be a flight risk if released from jail. Trump said he would "personally vouch for his bail or an alternative."

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