A$AP Rocky will remain in Swedish jail until trial for assault charges
Swedish prosecutors have revealed that New York rapper A$AP Rocky, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, will remain in the custody of a Swedish prison until his trial.
His arrest came after a fight between two men and Mayers and his entourage in Stockholm was caught on video. In the captured video, Mayers is seen throwing the young man to the ground.
Public Prosecutor Daniel Suneson in a statement said: “I have today commenced criminal proceedings against the three individuals suspected of assault causing actual bodily harm, having come to the conclusion that the events in question constitute a crime despite claims of self-defense and provocation.”
Mayers charge, assault causing actual bodily harm, is punishable by a maximum prison sentence of two years in Sweden.
The district court in Stockholm has yet to set a date for the criminal proceedings to begin. Mayers, 30, has been in custody since July 3rd along with two members of his entourage for a physical altercation that occurred in Stockholm on June 30th.
The arrest of the New York rapper made international headlines after U.S. President Donald Trump personally got involved in the issue. Trump offered to personally vouch for the rapper to help assist in his release from prison custody.
In a tweet, Trump wrote: “Just had a very good call with @SwedishPM Stefan Löfven who assured me that American citizen A$AP Rocky will be treated fairly. Likewise, I assured him that A$AP was not a flight risk and offered to personally vouch for his bail or an alternative….Our teams will be talking further, and we agreed to speak again in the next 48 hours!”
American celebrities Kim Kardashian and Kanye West also got in the charade, lobbying Jared Kushner, Trump’s son in law, to get Trump involved.