A$AP Rocky has been charged with assault following an altercation that occurred on the streets of Stockholm last month.
In a statement released on Thursday, Swedish prosecutor Daniel Suneson said that he has filed charges against the rapper and his two associates. He claimed that upon further investigation, the “events in question constitute a crime […] despite claims of self-defense and provocation.”
Suneson also added that he has “more material to consider than what has been available on the internet.” “In addition to the videotaped material there is support for the plaintiff’s account through witness interrogations,” he said. Meanwhile, Rocky’s lawyer Slobodan Jovicic continues to maintain that his client is innocent.
Rocky’s case has drawn plenty of attention from musicians and politicians alike. US President Donald Trump hit out at the Swedish government on Twitter, claiming that the Scandinavian country has “let our African [American] Community down.”
“I watched the tapes of A$AP Rocky, and he was being followed and harassed by troublemakers. Treat Americans fairly!” he tweeted. “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!”
Last week, Trump attempted to intervene in Rocky’s case by negotiating the rapper’s release from jail with Sweden’s Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, but failed.
Elsewhere, fellow rappers like Tyler, the Creator, Schoolboy Q and Tyga have declared a travel boycott on Sweden while celebrities like Jada Pinkett-Smith and G-Eazy have slammed the country for its “racist” treatment of Rocky.