After nearly a month in Swedish jail, A$AP Rocky has now been allowed to return to the United States as he waits for the verdict of his ongoing assault trial.
The rapper, along with two of his accused associates, were released on temporary custody on August 2 and arrived back in Los Angeles on Saturday morning, according to the Los Angeles Times. Rocky returned to Instagram soon after to thank his fans, saying he felt “grateful” for all the support he’s received throughout his “difficult” and “humbling” experience in Sweden. See it below.
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THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART TO ALL OF MY FANS, FRIENDS AND ANYONE ACROSS THE GLOBE WHO SUPPORTED ME DURING THESE LAST FEW WEEKS I CANT BEGIN TO DESCRIBE HOW GRATEFUL I AM FOR ALL OF YOU THIS HAS BEEN A VERY DIFFICULT AND HUMBLING EXPERIENCE I WANT TO THANK THE COURT FOR ALLOWING ME BLADI AND THOTO TO RETURN TO OUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS THANKS AGAIN FOR ALL OF THE LOVE AND SUPPORT
Rocky’s welcome home was a warm one as the hip hop community celebrated his return to American soil. A$AP Ferg, Juicy J, Issa Gold, Kag and more took to social media to share their joy and excitement. Tyler, the Creator, who previously declared a travel boycott on Sweden, also rejoiced in Flacko’s return with an Instagram post captioned, “Rakim is coming home!”
According to the New York Times, the US government had sent a letter to Sweden warning that keeping Rocky in jail could lead to “negative consequences.” The letter, which was sent prior to the rapper’s release, was signed by Robert O’Brien, the special US presidential envoy for hostage affairs who travelled to Sweden to monitor the court proceedings.
Rocky previously pleaded not guilty to the assault charges, claiming he had acted in “self-defense.” Prosecutor Daniel Suneson is hoping to seek a six-month sentence for the rapper. The verdict of Rocky’s assault case will be revealed next Thursday, August 14.