A$AP Rocky pleads not guilty to assault charges in Sweden

    The rapper claims he was acting in self-defense.

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    A$AP Rocky. Image by: Andrea Raffin / Shutterstock.com

    A$AP Rocky—real name Rakim Mayers—has pleaded not guilty to assault as his trial began at the Stockholm District Court on Tuesday.

    The case stems from an altercation between the rapper and a man that occurred on the streets of Stockholm late last month. Two members from Rocky’s entourage, who were also involved in the brawl, have also pleaded not guilty. All three suspects claimed they were acting in self-defense and that their actions were “within the limits of the law,” Swedish news agency TT reports.

    However, prosecutors have argued that Rocky and co had attacked the alleged victim, 19-year-old Mustafa Jafari, “deliberately, together and in agreement.” Jafari suffered multiple injuries to the body and is seeking 139,700 Swedish krona (approximately $15,000) in damages, BBC reports. 

    If guilty, Rocky faces a maximum sentence of two years in prison. The trial is set to continue later this week. 

    The rapper and his associates have been held in Sweden since the beginning of July, causing a stir in the music community worldwide. His detainment has prompted an attempted intervention by US President Donald Trump, who tried to negotiate the rapper’s release with Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfve. According to The Guardian, a special US presidential envoy for hostage affairs has been sent by Trump to monitor Rocky’s upcoming court proceedings. 

    This story is currently developing. Stay tuned for more updates.