A$AP Rocky took the stand in his own defense today as his trial continues in Sweden. Rocky, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, is charged with assault. He was in Stockholm for a two day concert.
Rocky told the Court he and two others of entourage were out sightseeing. Two men began following them. Rocky and his group repeatedly asked the two men to stop following.
Rocky testified he plead with the men to leave them alone, saying they don’t want trouble. This is backed up by a video posted on Rocky’s Instagram account. On video, at least one other person not in Rocky’s crew tells the men to leave Rocky alone. You can hear Rocky on video saying, “We don’t want to fight y’all. We’re not trying to go to jail.”
In regards to the two men, Rocky said, “I couldn’t help but assume these two guys were affected by some kind of drug.” He stated his crew couldn’t call police because they didn’t know the number, and were unable to get an Uber ride.
Eventually, one of the men escalates the situation when he throws headphones at Rocky’s bodyguard.
Rocky has plead not guilty, asserting that he acted in self-defense.
The Prosecution’s Argument
The Prosecutor showed the judge videos from witness’s phones and security cameras. The Prosecutor argues that and his crew punched, kicked, and hit Mustafa Jafari over the head with a bottle.
Videos show Rocky appearing to throw one of the men down to the ground. Videos also seem to show Rocky and his crew standing over a man on the ground and beating him.
Rocky has been held in jail with no bail since being arrested in June. Sweden does not have a system of bail. Several celebrities lobbied Donald Trump to intervene in the case. Trump reached out to the Swedish Prime Minister, who declined to get involved.
Trump eventually tweeted, “Very disappointed in Prime Minister Stefan Lofven for being unable to act. Sweden has let our African American Community down in the United States. I watched the tapes of A$AP Rocky, and he was being followed and harassed by troublemakers. Treat Americans fairly! #FreeRocky.”
Trump has also tweeted, “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! #FreeRocky.”
Several members of Congress have also publicly supported Rocky’s release from jail pending trial.
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