Rapper A$AP Rocky was charged with assault Thursday over a fight before a music festival in Stockholm last month, a State Department spokesperson told BuzzFeed News.
He could face up to two years in jail in Sweden, according to the Associated Press.
The June 30 fight allegedly broke out after two men began following the “F**kin’ Problems” rapper after he broke a pair of their headphones, according to footage first obtained by TMZ. A woman who was with Rocky then accused one of the two men of groping her earlier. The rapper and his crew can then be seen pummeling a man, throwing him across the ground.
Two other individuals, who have not been named, face the same charges. All three have been held in jail since July 3.
In a statement about the charges, prosecutor Daniel Suneson said Rocky and the two others were “suspected of assault causing actual bodily harm, having come to the conclusion that the events in question constitute a crime and despite claims of self-defense and provocation.”
Many celebrities have gotten involved in the case, with Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj, and Post Malone being just a few who have posted in support of the rapper.
President Trump has also stepped in, tweeting last week that he spoke to Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven and offered to pay his bail.
Trump said Löfven assured him that “American citizen A$AP Rocky will be treated fairly.”
Kim Kardashian thanked Trump after he tweeted days earlier that he’d try to help Rocky.
Rocky’s attorney and manager previously said that the artist acted in self-defense after “a group of men” continued to follow, harass, and then physically assault them.
“Video footage shows the assailants following Rocky, while he pleads to them that he does not want any issues. Rocky volunteered to go to police for questioning,” John Ehmann, the rapper’s manager, said in an Instagram post. “On the day of his arrest, I spoke with the U.S. Embassy Consult who informed me that his request to visit Rocky was rejected by police, which violates article 36 of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, to which Sweden is a signatory.”
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Friends – We are currently in Stockholm where Rocky is being detained for operating in self-defense following an altercation that occurred on 6/30, when Rocky, his bodyguard and two performers were harassed and physically assaulted by a group of men in the area. The conditions of the facility are horrific and include 24/7 solitary confinement, restriction of amenities for the most basic of human functions, lack of access to life sustaining food as well as unsanitary conditions. Video footage shows the assailants following Rocky, while he pleads to them that he does not want any issues. Rocky volunteered to go to police for questioning. Rocky and his colleagues were arrested on-site. On the day of his arrest, I spoke with the U.S. Embassy Consult who informed me that his request to visit Rocky was rejected by police, which violates article 36 of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, to which Sweden is a signatory. Since, he has been allowed to visit with a U.S. Embassy Consult and attorney, but only in the presence of Swedish officials. It is troubling and worrisome that the laws are not being applied equally. Sadly, it appears the prosecutor in this case is looking for his own recognition by trying to make a name for himself based on Rocky’s global fame. On Monday, we filed an appeal with the Swedish Supreme Court to have Rocky released from the inhumane conditions and the clear violation of human rights. They rejected the filing, which means Rocky will remain in prison for two weeks. The prosecutor on the case has further communicated that he is working to receive an additional two week extension for a trial to begin in mid – to end of August. For a man that has not been proven guilty to go through these conditions, while visiting a country to headline their festival, is troublesome. To keep Rocky and his colleagues in jail is punishment before due process. Please support us by joining the #JusticeForRocky movement and sign our petition. Link in bio. Thank you for hearing our story and keeping it front of mind. JE
Ehmann added that Rocky is being held in “horrific” conditions, including “24/7 solitary confinement, restriction of amenities for the most basic of human functions, lack of access to life sustaining food as well as unsanitary conditions.”
Prior to Thursday’s charges, the rapper’s team had tried to get him released from jail. But siding with the prosecutors, a Swedish judge ruled last week that he would remain incarcerated due to being a “flight risk,” according to the Associated Press.
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