A$AP Rocky Released From Swedish Jail As He Awaits A Court Verdict
Moments ago (August 2) A$AP Rocky was released from a Swedish jail. The 30-year-old rapper born Rakim Mayers has been in custody for the last month amidst assault charges. During that incarceration, his representatives have described inhumane conditions, and the United States government reportedly intervened after Rocky’s rights were allegedly violated under the Vienna Convention.
Although Rocky is no longer in custody, he and his two co-defendants are awaiting a verdict from an ongoing trial. That decision is expected in less than two weeks, on August 14. The rapper and members of his entourage have been charged with assault in a June 30 incident that was partially documented on camera, by Rocky as well as bystanders.
Rocky and his team have argued that the altercation was an act of self-defense from his 19-year-old accuser, Mustafa Jafari. Rocky stated that Jafari and an associate would not stop following the rapper. Video footage shows one of the men hurling headphones at Rocky’s bodyguard. On the stand, the rapper says he suspected that Jafari was under the influence of narcotics at the time. The accuser has been previously convicted of drug crimes, per a report yesterday (August 1), in his native Afghanistan.
During today’s deliberations, prosecuting attorney Daniel Suneson told the court that Rocky could face up to a six-month sentence, if found guilty. This was reported by the BBC.
Meanwhile, Donald Trump is calling the temporary leave a victory. The US President who publicly stated plans to be get involved following intervention from the US Department Of State, tweeted that the rapper “is on his way home to the United States from Sweden.” TMZ reports that Rocky is able to leave the country between now and the verdict.
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 2, 2019
Rocky reportedly also told the court yesterday that he would not seek monetary damages, which are allowed by Swedish law, if he is found not guilty.