Who Is A$AP Rocky? Rapper Faces Assault Charges In Sweden
A$AP Rocky's real name is Rakim Mayers and he's a rapper, actor and fashion model from New York. His rise to fame came be traced back to YouTube and Tumblr in early 2010 when he was the face of a creative collective known as The A$AP Mob.
He has three albums to his name, but his most popular one "Testing" featured Frank Ocean and FKA Twigs and debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard chart last year. He's also collaborated with a number of artists such as Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Lana del Rey and Tyler, the Creator.
When Mayers isn't making music, he can be found working with designers such as Raf Simons and Calvin Klein. He's also released clothing for Guess and performed in an art piece called "Lab Rat"
Just in case you were wondering, ASAP is pronounced as one word, not as individual letters.
What's the latest in Sweden?
A$AP Rocky has pleaded not guilty to assault today as his trial begins in Sweden. Usually a story like this would have gone under a lot of people's radars, however a number of celebrity entertainers rallied to his cause including Donald Trump, which has strained international relations and made it front page news.
Prosecutors allege that the L$D performer and two members of her entourage "deliberately, together and in agreement" attacked the alleged victim, Mustafa Jafari, in Stockholm on 30 June. However, the men say they were provoked. Despite this, they've been in custody since 3 July and could serve up to two years in prison if found guilty. The trail will continue until Friday.
A$AP Rocky's lawyer, Slobodan Jovicic told the court: "He admits that he threw the plaintiff on the ground, that he stepped on his arm and punched or pushed his shoulder," before stating that it was a case of self-defence.
The rapper posted part of the altercation on his Instagram account.
Plenty of famous names jumped to the defense of the rapper including Kim Kardashian West, Justin Bieber, Post Malone and Shawn Mendes all via the #JusticeForRocky campaign. The US Presodent even chimed in, declaring that he should be released on bail, which doesn't actually exist in Sweden.
Trump 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!"
The alleged victim is claiming £12,050 in damages and argued: "the perpetrator had shown great ruthlessness and cruelty". Jafari's injuries included a broken rib and cuts to his head, arms and legs that required hospital treatment and stitches.
Mayers denies all charges.
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