A$AP Rocky pleads not guilty in assault case in Sweden

Wednesday, 31 Jul, 2019

The teenager A$AP Rocky and his entourage allegedly beat bloody in a Sweden street brawl last month testified on Tuesday he thought he was going to get killed during the fight.

The trial could run into a third day on Friday.

The rapper sat near his mother, Renee Black, in the Stockholm district court.

Rocky and two members of his entourage, have been accused of assaulting Mustafa Jafari on June 30 in central Stockholm while the rapper was on tour.

Kanter is facing charges of willfully injuring, damaging property of a foreign government, and refusing to depart a foreign embassy. Not many of his fans expected this to happen - especially after the Harlem rapper told his side of the story on social media - but alas, here we are.

Because of the "strong interest from the media and the public", the trial is being held in a secure courtroom.

According to a report from BET.com, ever since A$AP Rocky was jailed in a Swedish facility, things have been tense.

Video clips shared on Instagram by A$AP Rocky show the rapper and his companions repeatedly asking two men to stop following them. In the video, the men appear to accuse Rocky and his affiliates of breaking a pair of their headphones.

The prosecutor said a bottle was used to hit Jafari, who suffered cuts and bruises.

"He admits that he threw the plaintiff on the ground, that he stepped on his arm and punched or pushed his shoulder", Mayers' lawyer Slobodan Jovcic said, adding that the actions were in self-defense.

Jafari's lawyer, Magnus Stromberg, told The Associated Press that his client had not provoked the alleged assault, and that the incident started when one of A$AP Rocky's guards "grabbed [Jafari] by the neck and dragged him away". The prosecution showed CCTV footage and text messages to the court in defense of the 19-year-old man.

Wearing sweatpants and a green T-shirt in court, Mayers, 30, pleaded not guilty to an assault charge that carries a maximum penalty of two years in prison.

A representative for Lofven said "everyone is equal before the law". "I'd even go so far to say that his case has been fast-tracked in a way", he added, suggesting the country's justice system had taken "the worldwide, sort of, pressure" into account. Sweden does not have a bail system. Sweden should focus on its real crime problem! Former US ambassador to Sweden Mark Brzezinski called the rapper's arrest a matter of "racial injustice".

Prime Minister Stefan Löfven have explained and emphasised the complete independence of the Swedish judicial system, prosecutors and courts.

Rapper A$AP Rocky could be free ASAP.

Mayers' detention before his trial prompted angry responses from fans and other celebrities, including Kim Kardashian and Rod Stewart.