As we speak, American-born rapper A$AP Rocky is still behind bars as he waits for trial. In a new set of developments, the 30-year-old has been formally charged with assault following a street brawl in Stockholm, Sweden. The Grammy-nominated artist who’s real name is Rakim Mayers has been in police custody since July 3 with two members of his squad.
In a statement, prosecutor Daniel Suneson said charges against Rocky and the other two “suspected of assault causing actual bodily harm, having come to the conclusion that the events in question constitute a crime and despite claims of self-defence and provocation.”
Earlier this week, President Donald Trump came to Rocky’s aid after being in contact with Sweden Prime Minister Stefan Löfven. While the US leader tweeted that he’d “personally vouch” for his bail, there is no bond system currently in place in the country. Following the announcement, Trump responded saying, Sweden has “let our African American community down” by not freeing the rapper.
Very disappointed in Prime Minister Stefan Löfven for being unable to act. Sweden has let our African American Community down in the United States. I watched the tapes of A$AP Rocky, and he was being followed and harassed by troublemakers. Treat Americans fairly! #FreeRocky
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 25, 2019
“Very disappointed in Prime Minister Stefan Löfven for being unable to act. Sweden has let our African American Community down in the United States,” Trump tweeted Thursday afternoon. “I watched the tapes of A$AP Rocky, and he was being followed and harassed by troublemakers. Treat Americans fairly!”
He later added, “Give A$AP Rocky his FREEDOM. We do so much for Sweden but it doesn’t seem to work the other way around. Sweden should focus on its real crime problem!”
A$AP Rocky remains behind bars while awaiting trial. There is a social media hashtag #FreeRocky, currently trending.