Published: Wed, July 31, 2019
Entertaiment | By Minnie Bishop

United States presidential envoy sent to Sweden for A$AP Rocky’s trial

United States presidential envoy sent to Sweden for A$AP Rocky’s trial

The rapper, whose birth name is Rakim Mayers, and two other men from his camp entered a not guilty plea in regards to an assault of a man in Stockholm in early July.

Performers Bladimir Corniel and David Rispers, who were with the rapper that night and also involved in the fight, also were charged. Rocky and Jafar, the other guy in the video will be cross-examined on Tuesday in the Stockholm district court. "We engage on these cases at all levels to fulfill our mission to U.S. citizens", a spokeswoman at the U.S. Embassy in Stockholm said in an email.

A lawyer for Jafari, Magnus Stromberg, told The Associated Press on Friday the beating started when one of A$AP Rocky's guards "grabbed him (Jafari) by the neck and dragged him away" and that Jafari didn't provoke the assault.

That fact is something that Swedish authorities tried to impress upon Trump after he took an interest in A$AP Rocky's case, campaigning for the rapper's release.

Stockholm University law lecturer Dennis Martinsson told CBS News' Saberi that if Rocky is convicted, he's likely to be released on probation or spend three to five months in prison, rather than anything near the maximum possible sentence of two years.

Slobodan added Rocky has been living under a "dark cloud" regarding his legal drama, though his team is grateful there is plenty of video footage to potentially tell the whole story. Prosecutors said they had more than 500 pages of documents backing up their case.

The court was also shown videos published to the rapper's Instagram account, in which the young man can be seen arguing with the musician over a pair of headphones.

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I'm not sure if she's just desperate for internet virality or if she's just a huge A$AP Rocky supporter, but either way, she probably shouldn't threaten to blow anything up.

But Sweden hit back at the White House, insisting the independent judicial system must be allowed to do its work.

"In Sweden everyone is equal before the law". Sweden should focus on its real crime problem!

U.S. President Donald Trump reached out to Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven to no avail, even offering to pay Mayers' bail.

While on tour in Sweden earlier this month, an amateur video published by United States celebrity news outlet TMZ shows the rapper involved in a scuffle on the streets of Stockholm. A Swedish Prosecution Officer spokesperson confirmed the arrest with CBS News and said Rocky was being held for suspected "gross assault", but declined to provide any further details.

Stars ranging from Kim Kardashian to rocker Rod Stewart - who also features in one of A$AP's tracks - have demonstrated their support for the rapper.

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