A$AP Rocky told investigators he believed the man who he allegedly assaulted was on drugs and his bodyguard texted friends the same thing in the immediate aftermath of the incident.
According to an investigative report obtained by The Blast, A$AP spoke with investigators on July 17, two weeks after he was first picked up by authorities in Sweden.
During the interview, A$AP talked about how he was feeling during the alleged encounter.
“I’m very afraid of that situation,” he told police (the transcript is in Swedish, posted here in English via Google Translate). “I don’t know what these guys are. I’m not from here. I asked them to leave us alone.”
The interrogator then played for A$AP part of the video he shot during the incident and asked him if he was scared at that moment.
After saying he was “very scared,” he explained, “When negotiating with someone about a bomb threat, he or she cannot show that this is scared. It must show a poker face. Which is applicable in this situation that you refer to in the movie. I prayed them to leave us alone. That we do not want to mess or end up in prison.”
The interrogator then asked why A$AP believed the man was on drugs. He responded, “I thought so because of their behavior. Anyone who would attack my security guard several times does not seem to be a reasonable or reasonable person in my opinion. Especially when he breaks his own headphones and then asks us about them.”
At one point, the interrogator asked A$AP why he felt the need to attack the alleged victim while he was on the ground.
He explained, “You need to know one thing. I’m not from here, I’m a celebrity. I am in a foreign country, I am being harassed and persecuted by these strangers. Nine months ago I was in a nightclub and a completely foreign person cut me in the face with a knife. I do not know what to believe about these guys or how to rationalize with them to leave us alone. I don’t know if they will chop me, if they will cut me or if they have any weapons or anything else. All I know is that they attacked Tim and then I saw him and threw him down to the ground. I kicked his arm to keep him down and detain him and I don’t remember if I then followed up with him or if I just fell down him. When I saw that the other guys arrived to help, I knew my duty was ready. I got up, turned around and that was when his friend was on his way and attacked. We were pushed, elbowed and pulled each other. At this stage, Tim came and pulled me in another direction. During this time, I did not see what happened to everyone else, that is, I did not see what happened to the others just before Tim pulled me off.”
A$AP’s bodyguard, Tim Williams, also spoke with police. He said he believed “the two men were on heavy drugs.”
Williams also said “he was a big guy who could have hurt” the alleged victim “if he wanted to because it was a little guy.”
Included in the investigative report were text messages Williams sent another bodyguard, claiming he and A$AP were harassed by “some drug head assss arb guy.”
He then explained that he tried to walk away from the man but he “kept following us.”
The next day, Williams sent another text saying he “told the kid 30 times to stop following us” and said the alleged victim “was on some typ of drug krank or ice that’s speed and meth.”
Williams was released early on in the investigation.
A$AP Rocky was charged with assault, a Swedish prosecutor announced on Thursday, stemming from the fight.
“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.”