Swedish authorities charge A$AP Rocky with assault, will remain incarcerated until trial
Swedish authorities have officially charged A$AP Rocky with assault for his connection to an altercation that took place in Sweden last month.
The Harlem rapper’s lawyer, Slobodan Jovicic, continues to argue that his client was defending himself, but Swedish courts have sided with the prosecution and will maintain custody of A$AP Rocky and his two co-defendants until their upcoming trial, which could start as early as Tuesday, July 30.
While clips of the incident posted to Instagram show Rocky and company ask the two alleged victims to stop following them, Swedish public prosecutor Daniel Suneson says that he has “had access to a greater amount of material than that which has previously been available on the internet,” which is likely to include local surveillance and texts from A$AP Rocky’s team. According to a report from TMZ, Swedish prosecutors are not likely to recommend Rocky serve a full two year sentence in the event he’s convicted. Furthermore, a panel of four judges will reportedly hear Rocky’s case, and a conviction will require three of four judges to agree on Rocky’s guilt. Following the trial’s conclusion, a sentencing is expected within a week.
The story has garnered international attention, with everybody from Justin Bieber and Kim Kardashian to President Trump himself all calling for A$AP Rocky’s release. However, Swedish authorities insist that they will not be swayed or influenced by mounting global attention.
A$AP Rocky has been in Swedish custody since July 3.