Saturday, August 3

"It was a Rocky Week" - Trump celebrates A$AP Rocky’s release from Swedish prison


On Friday, US rapper A$AP Rocky, whose real name is Rakim Mayers was released after spending a month in Swedish prison on assault charges.

It's been reported that the 30-year-old left Sweden in his private jet less than 12 hours after he was released from custody on the third day of his assault trial.

A Swedish judge ordered Rocky, and two members of his crew be released until the judge announces the verdicts in the explosive assault case that has attracted President Trump’s attention.

Senior District Court Judge Per Lennerbrant told the court he would hand down the verdicts on Aug. 14. If found guilty, the trio face up to two years behind bars.

However, legal experts at this week’s three-day trial said his release could point to a verdict of not guilty.

President Trump, who had taken interest in his case, to the extent of reaching out to Sweden’s prime minister, Stefan Löfven, took to Twitter to celebrate the rapper’s return to the U.S.

A$AP Rocky released from prison and on his way home to the United States from Sweden. It was a Rocky Week, get home ASAP A$AP!” Trump wrote.

Trump had earlier guaranteed that Rocky was not a flight risk and would wait out his trial date.

In a statement after his release, Rocky reflected on his one-month jail stint, calling it a “very difficult and humbling experience.”

Rocky and two pals are accused of starting a wild street brawl in Stockholm on June 30 where the rapper had traveled to headline a two-day hip-hop festival.

Prosecutors said Rocky, Bladimir Emilio Corniel and David Tyrone Rispers “deliberately, together and in agreement” hit and kicked victim Mustafa Jafari, 19, and struck him with a bottle, and are seeking a jail sentence of at least six months.

Jafari alleged he was attacked by Rocky and his pals when he followed them to ask about a pair of headphones broken in an earlier scuffle with the rapper’s bodyguard.

But Rocky claimed that he and his crew acted in self-defense, testifying Jafari followed him and appeared to be on drugs, making him feel “really scared.”


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