US Rapper A$AP Rocky Trial Begins in Sweden

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US rapper A$AP Rocky has pleaded not guilty to assault as his trial begins in Sweden Tuesday over a street brawl, saying he acted in self-defence in a case that has stirred diplomatic tensions.

The 30-year-old rapper, whose

ASAP Rocky real name is Rakim Mayers, was arrested on July 3 along with three other people following the fight in Stockholm on June 30. One of them, the rapper’s bodyguard, was later released.

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Part of the brawl was captured in an amateur video published by US celebrity news outlet TMZ, where the rapper can be seen throwing a young man to the ground and then aiming several punches at him while he is down.

Mayers, who faces a jail term of up to two years if convicted of assault, has claimed he was acting in self-defence, saying he was responding to harassment and provocations by the plaintiff.

The trial started at 9:30 am (0730 GMT) at the Stockholm District Court.

The lawyer told the court his client acted in self-defence.

“He admits that he threw the plaintiff on the ground, that he stepped on his arm and punched or pushed his shoulder,” Mayers’ lawyer Slobodan Jovicic told the court, but added that it was a case of “self-defence”.

Meanwhile, the US President Donald Trump tweeted on Twitter last week that he is disappointed the way Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven for being unable to act. Sweden has let our African American Community down in the United States.

“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

Additional report from AFP

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