Rapper A$AP Rocky back in Los Angeles from Sweden
Written by Lindah Nduwumwami on August 5, 2019
US rapper A$AP Rocky has returned to Los Angeles after a Swedish court released him pending the verdict of an assault trial, US media reported Saturday. The 30-year-old artist, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, arrived around midnight Friday (0700 GMT Saturday) aboard a private jet on a flight from Stockholm, ABC and CBS reported. “The rapper was ecstatic,” celebrity news website TMZ said, describing the rapper smiling, taking photos and hugging supporters. “He actually stayed in the private terminal parking lot for around 45 minutes, talking and joking most of the time,” TMZ added. Mayers had been held in Sweden since July 3 when he was arrested following a brawl in Stockholm on June 30, which saw him and his crew embroiled in a fight with a 19-year-old plaintiff. The case had even prompted President Donald Trump to call for Mayers to be freed — drawing complaints of interference from Swedish politicians. Mayers and two others had been held in custody ahead of their trial because the court deemed him a “flight risk.” On Friday, the Stockholm district court’s presiding judge Per Lennerbrant said that Mayers could be released pending the verdict, which will be delivered on August 14. His detention has sparked a campaign for his release by his fans and fellow artists, with an online petition called #JusticeForRocky garnering more than 640,000 signatures. Social media campaigns have even urged fans to boycott Swedish brands such as Ikea. The New York-born rapper made no official announcement of his return to the United States on his social media accounts.