A$AP Rocky Freed from Swedish Prison
|thenorthstar||Aug 6, 2019|
Rapper A$AP Rocky was released from a Swedish prison on August 2 pending the conclusion of his assault trial.
A judge stated that the 30-year-old rapper, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, and two members of his entourage, David Rispers Jr. and Bladimir Corniel, were allowed to remain free while they awaited the verdict of the trial, The New York Times reported.
Rocky and the two men were accused of assaulting Mustafa Jafari, 19, during a fight in Stockholm back in June. Daniel Suneson, the public prosecutor of Stockholm, previously told The New York Times that Rocky punched, kicked and hit the 19-year-old with a glass bottle.
“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… despite claims of self-defense and provocation,” Suneson said in a statement on July 25.
During the trial, Rocky said he was acting in self-defense. The 30-year-old rapper said that Jafari and his friend had followed him and his entourage. Once Jafari and his friend attacked Rocky’s bodyguard, Rocky said he reacted and threw the 19-year-old to the ground. He also noted that he has been a victim to random attacks by strangers in the past.
“I don’t know what to expect when being attacked by strangers, that’s why I have security. At that moment I wasn’t thinking,” he told the court.
Suneson argued during closing arguments that the rapper should be found guilty of assault and sentenced to six months in jail because he had no right to attack Jafari and his friend for following them.
“I don’t think anything other than jail is possible,” said Suneson, according to The New York Times.
Rocky and his entourage spent a month in Swedish prison after the attack. Celebrities like Kim Kardashian West, Kanye West, Michael B. Jordan and Jada Pinkett Smith demanded that the rapper be released. An online petition also circulated online and garnered over 646,000 signatures to release the rapper. President Donald Trump also weighed in on the issue and demanded that the rapper be released from prison.
“Give A$AP Rocky his FREEDOM. We do so much for Sweden but it doesn’t seem to work the other way around. Sweden should focus on its real crime problem!” Trump wrote on July 25 on Twitter.
The US government stated that there would be “negative consequences” between the US and Sweden if the rapper’s case was not resolved quickly, according to letters released by the Swedish Prosecution Authority and obtained by NBC News. The letters were reportedly written by the US special presidential envoy for hostage affairs, urging them to release Rocky.
"The government of the United States of America wants to resolve this case as soon as possible to avoid potentially negative consequences to the U.S.-Swedish bilateral relationship," Ambassador Robert O'Brien wrote in the letter dated July 31. Upon hearing the news of his release from prison, Trump celebrated the news on Twitter, writing: “A$AP Rocky released from prison and on his way home to the United States from Sweden. It was a Rocky Week, get home ASAP A$AP!”
The rapper also took to social media to thank his fans and supporters for supporting him over the last few weeks leading up to his trial.
“Thank you from the bottom of my heart to all of my fans, friends and anyone across the globe who supported me during these last few weeks,” the rapper wrote in an Instagram post. “I can’t begin to describe how grateful I am for all of you. This has been a very difficult and humbling experience. I want to thank the court for allowing me, Bladi and Thoto to return to our family and friends. Thanks again for all of the love and support.”
Rocky arrived at the Los Angeles International Airport on August 2 and reportedly attended Kanye West’s Sunday Service on August 4, The Los Angeles Times reported. He was seen at the invitation-only event talking to his “unofficial ex-girlfriend” Kendall Jenner. A final judgment of the case is supposed to take place on August 14, according to NBC News.
About the Author
Maria Perez is a breaking news writer for The North Star. She has an M.A. in Urban Reporting from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. She has been published in the various venues, including Newsweek, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, City Limits, and local newspapers like The Wave and The Home Reporter.