Rapper A$AP Rocky has been charged with assault following an incident that occurred in Sweden on June 30th. Despite President Donald Trump’s attempts to release the rapper from Sweden, on Thursday, A$AP Rocky was formally charged in a Swedish court of law.
According to TMZ, the altercation broke out before a festival the rapper was set to perform at in Stockholm. Video from the site showcased that A$AP Rocky and his two bodyguards brawled with the two men. However, later it came out that the two were following Rocky, and a woman nearby said the men had “groped” her earlier. Another source says Rocky “broke” one of the men’s headphones.
Video shared on social media does not showcase who started what, but shows the aftermath of the incident—where Rocky and his two bodyguards are beating on the two men.
Prosecutor Daniel Suneson said that A$AP Rocky was “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-defense and provocation.”
Since being arrested, many celebrities on social media have spoken out in hopes to free Rocky.
Kim Kardashian and her husband, Kanye West, have been working with President Donald Trump trying to get Rocky released.
Rapper G-Eazy, who was previously arrested in Sweden on assault charges, spoke out about the “racial” issues going on in Rocky’s case—stating he was released because “he’s white.”
The rapper’s manager wrote on social media:
“Video footage shows the assailants following Rocky, while he pleads to them that he does not want any issues. Rocky volunteered to go to police for questioning. On the day of his arrest, I spoke with the U.S. Embassy Consult who informed me that his request to visit Rocky was rejected by police, which violates article 36 of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, to which Sweden is a signatory.”
Whether or not the rapper will have to serve time in a Swedish prison is unknown at this time. However, his manager says he’s being held in “inhumane” conditions, including 24/7 solitary confinement.