ASAP Rocky charged with assault in Sweden
Written by Lindah Nduwumwami on July 26, 2019
ASAP Rocky has been charged with assault causing actual bodily harm in Sweden and will remain in custody until a trial takes place. The rapper, real name Rakim Mayers, was arrested in Stockholm in early July. The two men arrested with him have also been charged with assault. His arrest followed a fight that was captured on video, with ASAP claiming he had acted in self-defence against men who were following his group. The trial is due to start on 30 July. The Swedish prosecutor in charge says he decided a crime had been committed – despite claims of self-defence and provocation – after “studying the videos made available to the inquiry”. “My evidence consists partly of a number of films that I will play in court. Some are known to the public and some are not,” Daniel Suneson told Radio 1 Newsbeat, referencing CCTV footage. He added that the alleged victim’s statement was supported by witness statements. Assault causing actual bodily harm carries a maximum prison sentence of two years in Sweden. ASAP Rocky has been held in custody since 3 July following an alleged assault which took place on 30 June. The prosecutor says his focus has been investigating the case “as quickly as possible” and that “three weeks of investigation time for an assault with three suspects” isn’t a long time. The rapper’s detention in Sweden has attracted the attention of US President Donald Trump, who said he’d spoken to the Swedish Prime Minister after requests to intervene from Kanye West and his wife Kim Kardashian West.