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A$AP Rocky charged with assault in Sweden

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Rapper A$AP Rocky on Thursday was charged with assault over a fight in Sweden last month after President Trump tried to advocate for his release.

Prosecutor Daniel Suneson said in a statement obtained by The Associated Press that he filed charges against the artist, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, and two others “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-defense and provocation.”

{mosads}The three suspects will remain in custody until trial, the details of which are expected to be announced next week, AP noted.

If convicted, the charges carry a maximum sentence of two years in prison.

The New York rapper was arrested on July 2 after voluntarily going to the police in Stockholm for questioning over a street fight in which he allegedly played a role.

A video of the alleged fight began circulating on social media and appeared to show the 30-year-old musician slamming another person into the ground.

Rocky’s representatives said the fight was started by people harassing him and his entourage and they were just defending themselves.

Suneson told AP that the prosecution viewed the videos differently.

“It is worth noting that I have had access to a greater amount of material than that which has previously been available on the internet,” he said. “In addition to video material, the injured party’s statements have been supported by witness statements.”

There were initially two injured victims following the fight but Suneson said allegations were dropped for one due to “insufficient supporting evidence.” The charges remain relate to only one alleged victim who has not been identified.

Rocky’s bodyguard made a counterallegation against one of the victims but prosecutors closed that case earlier this week, the AP noted.

After being lobbied by Kim Kardashian WestKanye West and first lady Melania Trump, the president reached out to Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven last week to ensure the rapper is being treated fairly and to try to secure his release.

“I personally don’t know A$AP Rocky, but I can tell you he has tremendous support from the African American community in this country,” Trump said in the Oval Office on Friday. “When I say African American, I think I can really say from everybody in this country because we’re all one,” he added.

Sweden’s prime minister, however, said that that Grammy-nominated artist will not receive special treatment.

Löfven said that in a call with Trump, “I will explain that the Swedish judicial system is independent,” adding “In Sweden, everyone is equal before the law, and this includes visitors from other countries.”

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