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The Swedish lawyer who initially represented ASAP Rocky in his Swedish assault case was shot in the head and chest {F}

Donald Trump's allies called A$AP Rocky and his team 'ungrateful mother f*****s' because the rapper never said thank you for the president demanding him to be freed from his Swedish jail




10:57 AM PT -- Sources close to the situation tell TMZ the shooting had nothing to do with Olsson Lilja's representation of A$AP. Our sources say it was a domestic dispute with a woman close to him, and she is now in custody.



8:20 AM PT -- The Swedish Prosecution Authority tells TMZ ... a suspect has been arrested on instigation of attempted murder, but could not give further details at this time per Swedish law.



The lawyer who initially represented ASAP Rocky in his Swedish assault case was shot by someone who appears to have been lying in wait for him ... TMZ has learned.



We're told Henrik Olsson Lilja was leaving his apartment building early Friday morning in downtown Stockholm when a gunman walked up to him and shot him in the head and the chest. Cops tell us the lawyer was inside the building at the time of the attack.



The gunman jumped into a waiting SUV, which then sped off.



We don't know the lawyer's condition, but we're told he actually called the police. TMZ has seen a photo of him on the street and the head injury is too gruesome to post.



The lawyer repped A$AP when he was first taken into custody after assaulting a man who was harassing him on the streets of Stockholm. Olsson Lilja was replaced before the trial began.
So far we don't know if there's any connection to Olsson Lilja's representation of A$AP.
The shooter is still at large.


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ASAP Rocky Reacts To Guilty Verdict: “I Am Of Course Disappointed”

Donald Trump's allies called A$AP Rocky and his team 'ungrateful mother f****rs'

  • Donald Trump's African-American allies are outraged rapper A$AP Rocky has not thanked the president for getting him released from Swedish prison
  • Two black Trump allies helped get those in the entertainment industry in contact with the administration to get Trump to intervene last month
  • They said they only asked the Rocky thanked the president after he was back in the U.S. – that thank you has still no come, they claimed 
  • Trump and other administration officials lobbied on behalf of Rocky after he was accused of assault during his time in Sweden 
  • He returned back to the U.S. earlier this month 
  • 'Thank you from the bottom of my heart to all my fans, friends and anyone across the globe who supported me during these last few weeks,' he wrote
  •  Rocky did not mention the president in his Instagram post
That went well: How Donald Trump's intervention in the case played out as the Swedish prime minister told him he could not intervene in the country's criminal justice system
Happy ending: Donald Trump greeted the rapper's release with a pun-filled tweet

Donald Trump allies who got the president to call for rapper A$AP Rocky get released from Swedish prison are outraged that the entertainer has not thanked the president.
One called the rapper and his entourage 'ungrateful motherf****rs' for not picking up the phone to thank them, Yahoo News reported.
Ohio Pastor Darrell Scott, one of Trump's most high-profile African-American surrogates, and Kareem Lanier, co-chair of the Urban Revitalization Coalition, which focuses on promoting elements of the Trump agenda to the black community, said their only stipulation for helping get A$AP Rocky out of Swedish prison was to get a thank you from the rapper when he returned to the U.S.
The rapper was held in jail in Sweden to wait for trial on assault charges, which became the center of a near international incident when Trump called for him to be freed and said he would vouch that he was not a flight list.

Rapper's delight: A$AP Rocky and the two men accused of assault in Sweden in June were allowed to walk free on August 2. The rapper sat beside his lawyer Martin Persson -  part of a legal teamand entourage who Trump's allies called 'ungrateful motherf*****s'
Is that it? Donald Trump's allies were left angry that they got no more thanks than these Instagram posts - which mentioned nothing about the White House.
Is that it? Donald Trump's allies were left angry that they got no more thanks than these Instagram posts - which mentioned nothing about the White House.

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US rapper A$AP Rocky found guilty of Sweden assault
ASAP RockyA$AP Rocky has shared his reaction to his guilty verdict in Sweden.

The Harlem native and his two co-accused were found guilty of assault by a four-judge panel in Sweden on Wednesday. At his concert in California last weekend, A$AP Rocky asked his fans to pray for him because he does not want to be convicted and face more jail time across the pond. The good news for him now is that he will not have to do more time behind bars after a judge handed down a suspended sentence, meaning he will not have to serve any more time.

“I AM OF COURSE DISAPPOINTED BY TODAY’S VERDICT,” he wrote in a message on IG. “I WANT TO SAY THANKS AGAIN TO ALL OF MY FANS, FRIENDS, AND EVERYONE WHO SHOWED ME LOVE DURING THIS DIFFICULT TIME. IMMA KEEP MOVING FORWARD. THANK YOU TO MY TEAM, MY MANAGEMENT, ATTORNEYS, LABEL AND EVERYONE WHO ADVOCATED FOR JUSTICE.”

Despite not getting any more jail time, Rocky is not completely off the hook. He will be required to pay some fees and fines for restitution towards his victim and court costs. The amount of fees and fines are not yet known, but he will not have to return to Sweden to pay those.

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A$AP Rocky Attends Kanye West’s Sunday Service After Being Released From Sweden A$AP Rocky performs during the 42nd American Music Awards in 2014 [File: Mario Anzuoni/Reuters]A$AP Rocky performs during the 42nd American Music Awards in 2014

The US rapper will not serve a prison sentence in a case which saw intervention of US President Donald Trump.

A Stockholm court has convicted US rapper A$AP Rocky of assault and gave him a suspended sentence over a street brawl, in a case that outraged fans and sparked a diplomatic spat with US President Donald Trump

The 30-year-old rapper, real name Rakim Mayers, and two members of his entourage, were found guilty on Wednesday of assaulting a 19-year-old in a fight in central Stockholm on June 30.

The court rejected their claims they had acted in self-defence, but said a prison sentence was not warranted.

The three, who were in the Swedish capital for a concert, "assaulted the victim by hitting and kicking him as he lay on the ground", the court wrote in its verdict.

"The artist also threw the victim to the ground and stepped on his arm," it said.

But, it added, the three were "not in a situation where they were entitled to self-defence", and ordered them to pay the victim a total of 12,500 kronor ($1,300) in damages.

The three were also ordered to pay the plaintiff's legal costs of 201,526 kronor ($21,000).

ASAP Rocky - reuters
A$AP Rocky's lawyer, Slobodan Jovicic, had been hoping for an acquittal [Anna Ringstrom/Reuters]

Mayers was not present in Stockholm for the verdict. His lawyer, Slobodan Jovicic, told the AFP news agency that he was "disappointed" by the ruling.

"We had hoped for an acquittal," he said, adding that Mayers had not decided whether to appeal.

Prosecutor Daniel Suneson had called for a six-month prison sentence for Mayers and two of his crew.

Considered a "flight risk", Mayers was held in custody for a month while the case was investigated and throughout his trial.

But he was released after the close of proceedings on August 2, pending the verdict, and immediately returned to the United States on board a private jet.

Fans, fellow artists and even Trump had called for his release - with the US president's intervention drawing complaints from Swedish politicians.

Trump dispatched US Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs Robert C O'Brien to attend the trial, who told reporters: "The president felt they shouldn't have been detained, they were stalked."

An online petition called #JusticeForRocky also garnered more than 640,000 signatures and supporters were urged to boycott Swedish brands such as Ikea.

I need y'all to keep praying for me

A$AP ROCKY

Rapper felt 'scared'

At his first performance on Sunday following his release, in Anaheim in California, the rapper thanked fans and called the experience in Sweden "scary" and "humbling".

"I need y'all to keep praying for me," he told the crowd, saying he hoped he would not have to return to serve a jail sentence.

The artist maintained his innocence throughout the affair, telling the court he acted in self-defence, saying he felt "scared" and that he and his entourage had repeatedly told the plaintiff to leave them alone.

Mayers conceded he threw the man to the ground and "kicked his arm", but denied the prosecution's claim that a bottle was used and insisted he only acted after the accuser and his friend began attacking his bodyguard.

The plaintiff, a Swedish resident born in Afghanistan, alleged he was attacked by Mayers and his entourage when he followed them to ask about a headphone set broken in an earlier scuffle with the rapper's bodyguard.

Assault carries a maximum penalty of two years in prison in Sweden.

Brawl video 

In one video clip of the brawl published by US celebrity news outlet TMZ, the rapper can be seen throwing a young man to the ground and aiming several punches at him while he is down.

The court was also shown videos posted on the artist's Instagram account, purporting to show the lead-up to the scrap.

Mayers appears to repeatedly ask the man and his friend to stop following him and his entourage. The prosecution argued that the Instagram videos were heavily edited.

Much of the trial also focused on whether a bottle was used as the plaintiff suffered cuts that medical examiners said seemed to be from glass.

The court ruled it was not proven that a bottle was used.

In its verdict, the court said actions like those committed by Mayers and his entourage would normally carry a two-month prison sentence.

But it ruled that a prison sentence was not warranted in this case, saying the defendants did not have a criminal record over the past five years.

"There is no reason to fear that the accused are going to be repeat offenders," it said

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ A$AP Rocky performs during the 42nd American Music Awards in 2014 [File: Mario Anzuoni/Reuters]A$AP Rocky performs during the 42nd American Music Awards in 2014 [File: Mario Anzuoni/Reuters]A Stockholm court has convicted US rapper A$AP Rocky of assault and gave him a suspended sentence over a street brawl, in a case that outraged fans and sparked a diplomatic spat with US President Donald Trump.

The 30-year-old rapper, real name Rakim Mayers, and two members of his entourage, were found guilty on Wednesday of assaulting a 19-year-old in a fight in central Stockholm on June 30.

The court rejected their claims they had acted in self-defence, but said a prison sentence was not warranted.

The three, who were in the Swedish capital for a concert, "assaulted the victim by hitting and kicking him as he lay on the ground", the court wrote in its verdict.

"The artist also threw the victim to the ground and stepped on his arm," it said.

But, it added, the three were "not in a situation where they were entitled to self-defence", and ordered them to pay the victim a total of 12,500 kronor ($1,300) in damages.

The three were also ordered to pay the plaintiff's legal costs of 201,526 kronor ($21,000).

ASAP Rocky - reuters
A$AP Rocky's lawyer, Slobodan Jovicic, had been hoping for an acquittal [Anna Ringstrom/Reuters]

Mayers was not present in Stockholm for the verdict. His lawyer, Slobodan Jovicic, told the AFP news agency that he was "disappointed" by the ruling.

"We had hoped for an acquittal," he said, adding that Mayers had not decided whether to appeal.

Prosecutor Daniel Suneson had called for a six-month prison sentence for Mayers and two of his crew.

Considered a "flight risk", Mayers was held in custody for a month while the case was investigated and throughout his trial.

But he was released after the close of proceedings on August 2, pending the verdict, and immediately returned to the United States on board a private jet.

Fans, fellow artists and even Trump had called for his release - with the US president's intervention drawing complaints from Swedish politicians.

Trump dispatched US Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs Robert C O'Brien to attend the trial, who told reporters: "The president felt they shouldn't have been detained, they were stalked."

An online petition called #JusticeForRocky also garnered more than 640,000 signatures and supporters were urged to boycott Swedish brands such as Ikea.

I need y'all to keep praying for me

A$AP ROCKY

Rapper felt 'scared'

At his first performance on Sunday following his release, in Anaheim in California, the rapper thanked fans and called the experience in Sweden "scary" and "humbling".

"I need y'all to keep praying for me," he told the crowd, saying he hoped he would not have to return to serve a jail sentence.

The artist maintained his innocence throughout the affair, telling the court he acted in self-defence, saying he felt "scared" and that he and his entourage had repeatedly told the plaintiff to leave them alone.

Mayers conceded he threw the man to the ground and "kicked his arm", but denied the prosecution's claim that a bottle was used and insisted he only acted after the accuser and his friend began attacking his bodyguard.

The plaintiff, a Swedish resident born in Afghanistan, alleged he was attacked by Mayers and his entourage when he followed them to ask about a headphone set broken in an earlier scuffle with the rapper's bodyguard.

Assault carries a maximum penalty of two years in prison in Sweden.

Brawl video 

In one video clip of the brawl published by US celebrity news outlet TMZ, the rapper can be seen throwing a young man to the ground and aiming several punches at him while he is down.

The court was also shown videos posted on the artist's Instagram account, purporting to show the lead-up to the scrap.

Mayers appears to repeatedly ask the man and his friend to stop following him and his entourage. The prosecution argued that the Instagram videos were heavily edited.

Much of the trial also focused on whether a bottle was used as the plaintiff suffered cuts that medical examiners said seemed to be from glass.

The court ruled it was not proven that a bottle was used.

In its verdict, the court said actions like those committed by Mayers and his entourage would normally carry a two-month prison sentence.

But it ruled that a prison sentence was not warranted in this case, saying the defendants did not have a criminal record over the past five years.

"There is no reason to fear that the accused are going to be repeat offenders," it said

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Laughing ASAP Rocky arrives back home to LAX on a private jet after his arrest ordeal and release from jail as he rocks a fashionable headscarf and vows to 'never return to Sweden'

A$AP Rocky likely needed prayer after spending a month in a Swedish jail. So after finally getting released, the rapper spent Sunday on America soil at his friend Kanye West’s Sunday Service.

Rocky, 30, was finally freed from a Swedish prison after pressure from celebrities and even President Trump.
The Harlem rapper, whose name is Rakim Athelaston Mayers, was being held on charges of assault after getting involved in a street altercation in which he says he was being harassed. He and two other suspects were freed pending an Aug. 14 assault verdict, the Associated Press reported.
Rocky had been in jail for a month and prosecutors wanted him to be kept through his trial because he was viewed as a flight risk.

Two eyewitnesses to the alteration at the center of the case told the court they did not see the rapper strike the alleged victim with a bottle, according to TMZ.

But on Sunday Rocky rocked to West’s church-inspired outing with West’s sister-in-law Kendall Jenner.

Over the weekend, the relieved rapper posted a heartfelt message to his fans for their on-going support.

“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 was arrested on July 3 after the incident, which left alleged victim Mustafa Jafari, 19, with bruises and cuts and bloodstains on his shirt. Jafari is seeking $14,700 for damages for his injuries, lost income, and the effect on his appearance, according to Time

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ASAP Rocky is RELEASED from prison and is free to leave Sweden until the court's assault trial verdict - as Trump hails the decision

The 30-year-old rapper - real name Rakim Mayers - was spotted wearing a designer head scarf
  • A$AP Rocky was spotted smiling at Los Angeles International Airport Saturday
  • His group loaded his luggage into SUVs and hung around chatting and hugging outside for 45 minutes in no rush to get home once on US soil
  • Music artist will not return to Sweden after he was jailed a month, a source said
  • Rapper, real name Rakim Mayers, was freed Friday by Stockholm District Court
  • Co-defendants David Rispers Jr and Bladimir Corniel were also released  
  • Government reportedly told prosecutors Wednesday to resolve the case ASAP to avoid 'negative consequences to US-Swedish bilateral relationship'
  • A verdict in assault trial will be read August  14 but they don't need to be present 
  • Mayers persuaded a court he should be released by saying he wanted to meet Swedish artists and he wouldn't claim $1.65million in gig losses from the country 
  • He thanked the court in an Instagram statement after his release saying: 'This has been a very difficult and humbling experience. I want to thank you the court'  
  • Mustafa Jafari, 19, accused him of assault in a June 30 incident  
  • Prosecutors called for six months in jail, saying violence used was excessive  
  • Mayers claimed self-defense and his mom said arrest could be racially motivated
The music artist is not the only star who is avoiding Sweden. Snoop Dogg and Quavo have done the same after trouble with police. His plane takes off Friday in the picture

A$AP Rocky has been spotted cheerfully greeting friends as he arrived back in the US after a month in a Swedish jail for his involvement in a street brawl that two others were also held for.  

The 30-year-old rapper - real name Rakim Mayers - was spotted wearing a designer head scarf over his twisted hair as he arrived on American soil in the early hours of Saturday and his friends loaded luggage into SUVs. 

Still suited up and at time covering his eyes with sunglasses, he'd taken a night flight on a private jet from Arlanda airport after he left Stockholm District Court on Friday with his attorney Martin Persson.

While locked up with co-defendants - David Rispers Jr and Bladimir Corniel - David's mother Nikita Rispers had claimed on a GoFundMe page that her son was 'sleeping on a yoga mat with no duvet for blankets'.

The music artist appeared cheerful after a long flight
The group waited for about 15 minutes inside the airport before emerging outside
He hung around in the early hours of Saturday while his friends loaded luggage into SUVs
The rapper is seen using his phone
The star laughed around with a large group of people

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ASAP Rocky tells Swedish court he was 'shocked and scared when two men attacked his security guard after repeatedly harassing them', as he testifies at assault trial

A$AP Rocky is FREED from prison but must wait two weeks to find out Swedish court's

  • A$AP Rocky, David Rispers Jr and Bladimir Corniel were allowed to go free Friday
  • Their assault trial entered its final day and a court decided they could walk until August  14 when a verdict will be announced
  • Rocky - real name Rakim Mayers - celebrated with a high five as he got into a car
  • He posted online: 'This has been a very difficult and humbling experience. I want to thank you the court for allowing me, Bladi and Thoto to return to our family' 
  • US President was happy with the verdict and joked for A$AP to 'get home ASAP' 
  • Testimony focused on whether a bottle was used during brawl between rapper's entourage and 19-year-old Mustafa Jafari in Stockholm on June 30 
  • Witnesses changed testimony to say they didn't see bottle used as a weapon but one witness had mentioned a bottle five times in a police report
  • Prosecutors called for six months in jail, saying violence used was excessive 
  • Praise the Lord hitmaker would accept community service as he's 'into charity'
  • Jafari's co-worker testified he hasn't been able to sleep since the incidentMayers said: 'This has been a very difficult and humbling experience' as he thanked fans and the court

A$AP Rocky celebrated with a high five as he and the two men accused of assault in Sweden in June were allowed to walk free until a verdict is delivered on August 14.  

The American rapper, real name Rakim Mayers, had been detained after the June 30 incident and on Friday Swedish prosecutors said that they should be jailed for six months as they summed up their evidence at the end of his assault trial.

But Mayers and two co-accused - David Rispers Jr and Bladimir Corniel - walked despite the prosecution claiming they 'used more violence than was needed' as he apparently tried to break up a brawl in Stockholm.

He was seen grinning as his lawyer Martin Persson accompanied him into a car as they left Stockholm District Court and the F***n Problems hitmaker - who has collaborated with the likes of Kendrick Lamar and Drake, said he was 'humbled'.

Mayers wrote on Instagram: 'Thank you from the bottom of my heart to all my fans, friends and anyone across the globe who supported me during these last few weeks. I can’t begin to describe how grateful I am for all of you. 

'This has been a very difficult and humbling experience. I want to thank you the court for allowing me, Bladi and Thoto to return to our family and friends. Thanks again for all the love and support.' 

A$AP Rocky and the two men accused of assault in Sweden in June have been allowed to walk free until a verdict is delivered in the trial on August 14. The rapper is seen celebrating with his lawyer Martin Persson

A$AP Rocky and the two men accused of assault in Sweden in June have been allowed to walk free until a verdict is delivered in the trial on August 14. The rapper is seen celebrating with his lawyer Martin Persson

Mayers said: 'This has been a very difficult and humbling experience' as he thanked fans and the court

US President was happy with the verdict and joked for A$AP to 'get home ASAP'

US President was happy with the verdict and joked for A$AP to 'get home ASAP'

Fans celebrate outside the courthouse after the news that A$AP Rocky will be released on the third day of the A$AP Rocky assault trial

Fans celebrate outside the courthouse after the news that A$AP Rocky will be released on the third day of the A$AP Rocky assault trial

Mayers and two co-accused Bladimir Corniel walked Friday
Accused Bladimir Corniel is pictured

Mayers and two co-accused - David Rispers Jr (right) and Bladimir Corniel (left) - walked Friday


A$AP Rocky's Stockholm assault trial enters final day

After being brought down a peg with his detainment, it's reported he'll jet out of Europe on a private plane from Stockholm Airport Friday evening following the announcement from Senior District Court Judge Per Lennerbrant.

US President Donald Trump - who had asked the Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven to release Mayers but was denied - was happy with the decision and made puns about the New York musician's stage name.

Trump tweeted: 'A$AP Rocky released from prison and on his way home to the United States from Sweden. It was a Rocky Week, get home ASAP A$AP!' 

Considered by the court to be a 'flight risk', the rapper had been held in custody since his arrest.

The US Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs, Robert C. O'Brien, was sent to attend the trial at Stockholm District Court.

The case has also drawn the attention of celebrities, including Sean 'Diddy' Combs and Justin Bieber, and a social media campaign has been pressing for the rapper's release. 

Around 20 fans gathered outside the courthouse Friday, shouting 'Free Rocky' and 'Free Flacko,' invoking the 30-year-old rapper's different nicknames while playing the Praise the Lord rapper's music over loudspeakers. 

The court allocated an extra room to accommodate the public wanting to watch through a video link. The courtroom gallery is reserved for media and the defendants' families. 

The accused admit getting into a fight with 19-year-old Mustafa Jafari, but say they acted in self-defense because he would not stop harassing them.

Renee Black (R), mother of ASAP Rocky, leave the district court in Stockholm, Sweden Friday

Renee Black (R), mother of ASAP Rocky, leave the district court in Stockholm, Sweden Friday

A$AP Rocky's defence lawyer Slobodan Jovicic leaves the district court after the third day of his trial in Stockholm

A$AP Rocky's defence lawyer Slobodan Jovicic leaves the district court after the third day of his trial in Stockholm

Timothy Williams, bodyguard to A$AP Rocky who was initially arrested but later released, leaves court

Timothy Williams, bodyguard to A$AP Rocky who was initially arrested but later released, leaves court

Prosecutor Daniel Suneson told the court in his closing arguments that the accused did not seem 'scared' like he had claimed, and argued that there was never a need for self-defense.

'I don't see how anything but prison is up for discussion,' Suneson said. 'The court should reach the conclusion that the assault... should have a penalty of about six months.' 

The prosecution says that after an argument, Mayers threw Mustafa Jafari to the ground, after which he and two of his entourage kicked and punched the teenager. In his testimony, Jafari said he was also hit on the head with a bottle after he followed Mayers' group to retrieve his headphones.

Mayers acknowledged in court on Thursday that he threw Jafari to the ground and punched and kicked him, but said the teenager had attacked his bodyguard. He said he had tried to avoid the fight and denied hitting Jafari with a bottle.

Mayers said he had been scared for his group after they were followed by Jafari and his friend.

An online petition called #JusticeForRocky has garnered more than 640,000 signatures and social media campaigns have urged fans of the New York musician to boycott Swedish brands such as IKEA. 

US President Donald Trump repeatedly asked the Swedish Prime Minister to help free Mayers but Sweden's judiciary is independent of the political system and Lofven said he would not influence the case.


A$AP Rocky freed until assault verdict in two weeks
The trio was free despite the prosecution claiming they 'used more violence than was needed' as he tried to break up a brawl in Stockholm. Pictured is video from the day of the brawl
Pictured is the man accusing them of assault

The trio was free despite the prosecution claiming they 'used more violence than was needed' as he tried to break up a brawl in Stockholm. Pictured, left, is video from the day of the brawl. Right is the man accusing them of assault

During the day, two women who initially told police they had seen Rocky use a bottle in the brawl admitted that they hadn't seen it - and had only heard the glass break

During the day, two women who initially told police they had seen Rocky use a bottle in the brawl admitted that they hadn't seen it - and had only heard the glass break

Video released by the rapper showed two ken following him before the brawl broke out June 30
The footage shows one of the men feuding with his bodyguard

A video of the brawl shows ASAP Rocky throwing a man to the floor and punching him, but footage released by the rapper himself shows two men following him and throwing the first blow at his security 

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ASAP Rocky pleads not guilty in first day of assault trial in Sweden

A$AP Rocky appeared at the second day of his assault trial Thursday where he told of of a June 30 fight that ended with him in jail charged with assault (pictured in a sketch)

  • Second day of A$AP Rocky's assault trial got underway in Stockholm Thursday 
  • Rapper took the stand to describe how accuser Mustafa Jafari and friend Dawod Hosseini repeatedly harassed his security and followed them before the fight 
  • He says he was 'shocked and scared' when the pair attacked his security guard 
  • Rocky denies assault and says he acted in self-defence after Jafari attacked firstA$AP Rocky was on Thursday charged with assault in Sweden, despite President Trump's personal plea to the Swedish Prime Minster requesting the rapper be released. Pictured: Video grabs of the fight, posted by the Grammy-nominated star

A$AP Rocky has taken the stand during his assault trial in Sweden and accused two men of repeatedly harassing his security guard before a fight broke out.

The US rapper said accuser Mustafa Jafari, 19, followed him and two of his friends before he and 20-year-old Dawod Hosseini attacked his security guard.

Rocky said the fight left him 'shocked and scared', and that he decided to intervene by pushing Jafari to the floor and either kicking or punching him, Sweden's Expressen newspaper reported. 

He said that the pair were impossible to reason with, and that he believed they were on drugs. 

Rocky - real name Rakim Mayers - and his friends deny charges of assault and say they acted in self-defence. They are each facing two years in jail 


A$AP Rocky appeared at the second day of his assault trial Thursday where he told of of a June 30 fight that ended with him in jail charged with assault (pictured in a sketch)

Renee Black, the rapper's mother, was also in court for the second day of the trial having visited her son for the first time in jail this week

Renee Black, the rapper's mother, was also in court for the second day of the trial having visited her son for the first time in jail this week

Slobodan Jovicic, the lawyer representing Rocky, is seen leaving court during a recess

Slobodan Jovicic, the lawyer representing Rocky, is seen leaving court during a recess

Ms Black made her way past a gang of reporters outside the court Thursday, where cross-examination of both Rocky and his accuser will take place

Ms Black made her way past a gang of reporters outside the court Thursday, where cross-examination of both Rocky and his accuser will take place

Rapper ASAP Rocky attends court in Sweden

Speaking in court, Mayers described how he had left his hotel with his assistant to go see some architecture when the incident took place.

The pair were downloading an app to unlock some electric scooters to tour the city when he said Jafari and Hosseini approached.

Mayers said that at first he wasn't fully aware of what was going on, because his bodyguard was dealing with them, but said the pair were told to leave multiple times but kept coming back.

The security guard then lifted one of the men up and walked him away, but after he came back again, the group decided to walk away.  

Mayers said: 'He [Jafari] was persistent, he kept coming after us, and kept going ”come on, come on”. 

'We attempted to walk away and when we walked away we were followed. We begged them not to follow us. 

'At this moment, both of the guys attacked [the security guard]. That's when I stepped in and threw him on the ground and kicked his arm. I punched him or shoved him.'

A$AP Rocky might have to wait until Monday to find out the verdict

The judge overseeing A$AP Rocky's trial has warned the rapper that he may have to spend another weekend in jail before he can find out his verdict.

It comes after cross-examination of accuse Mustafa Jafari took longer than expected on Thursday morning.

As a result, the court schedule is running behind, meaning it might not be possible to deliver the verdict on Friday as expected.

If that happens then Rocky might have to stay in jail until Monday to find out whether he is a free man or not. 

Mayers admitted that he and his friends picked up bottles during the fight, but denied that they were used as weapons.

He told the court that the group only picked them up 'for a moment' to stop them getting into the hands of Jafari and Hosseini before putting them down.

He added that he thought about reporting the assault himself and hoped the police would show up, but didn't want to draw attention to it.

After the attack was over, Mayers said he immediately returned to his hotel.

He also described how a previous robbery at his home, an incident in which he was stabbed, and a previous occasion when he and his bodyguard were 'attacked by addicts' have left him fearful of being approached. 

Earlier in the day, Jafari gave his account of events, in which he claimed that Mayers 'smashed me over the head with a bottle, and then he ran away.' 

The Afghan migrant spoke through an interpreter to insist that he had no idea Rocky was famous and only approached him to ask where his friend, 20-year-old Hosseini, had gone.

CCTV from outside a fast food restaurant shows Jafari approach Rocky while Hosseni was only a few steps away. 

Rocky's lawyers then grilled Jafari, questioning whether he was sober on the day in question after he claimed to be unable to remember portions of what happened. 

He also refused to answer questions about his criminal history, which includes convictions for drugs and theft. 

Much of the trial has centred around analysing videos and whether bottles had been used as weapons during the alleged assault.

Rapper A$AP Rocky's entourage gets into fight in Sweden
Robert C. OBrien, the US Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs, attends court after being sent by Donald Trump, who has been agitating for Mayers's release

Robert C. OBrien, the US Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs, attends court after being sent by Donald Trump, who has been agitating for Mayers's release

Two of Mayers's friends are also on trial accused of assault. Pictured are parents of one of the co-accused attending the trial Thursday

Two of Mayers's friends are also on trial accused of assault. Pictured are parents of one of the co-accused attending the trial Thursday

Journalists outside the district court in Stockholm, during the second day of ASAP Rocky's trial

Journalists outside the district court in Stockholm, during the second day of ASAP Rocky's trial

Donald Trump has taken up Mayers's cause after a meeting with Kim Kardashian, and has since hit out at the Swedish Prime Minister on Twitter

Donald Trump has taken up Mayers's cause after a meeting with Kim Kardashian, and has since hit out at the Swedish Prime Minister on Twitter

Surveillance video shows A$AP Rocky's bodyguard choking victim

Rocky's lawyers are expected to rely heavily on the videos, claiming they have new evidence which will show all violence was within the limits of the law. 

The videos include one published by US celebrity news outlet TMZ, where the rapper can be seen throwing a young man to the ground and apparently aiming several punches at him while he is down.

The court was also shown videos posted to the artist's own Instagram, purporting to show the lead up to the brawl, which the prosecution argued had been heavily edited. 

Mayers' lawyer Slobodan Jovicic argued that the rapper's actions were the result of the plaintiff and his friend showing 'a threatening, aggressive and deeply provoking behaviour'.

'He admits that he threw the plaintiff on the ground, that he stepped on his arm and punched or pushed his shoulder,' Jovicic told the court, saying it was a case of 'self-defence'.

Rocky, real name Rakim Mayers, was arrested in Stockholm on July 3 and accused of assault over a fight on June 30
Associates of one of Mayer's co-defendants are seen leaving court during a recess

Rocky, real name Rakim Mayers, was arrested in Stockholm on July 3 and accused of assault over a fight on June 30

On Thursday, the trial will resume at 9:00am local time and the court will hear Mayers' own testimony. The trial is scheduled to conclude with closing arguments on Friday.

After the trial has ended the court will announce when it will be able to render a verdict and also decide whether the accused should be kept in custody in the meantime.

Mayers was remanded in custody while the case was being investigated as he was considered a 'flight risk'.

Fans, fellow artists and US Congress members have been campaigning for his release.

An online petition called #JusticeForRocky has garnered more than 640,000 signatures. Social media campaigns have urged fans to boycott Swedish brands such as IKEA.

US President Donald Trump has repeatedly called for the rapper to be freed, drawing complaints of interference from Swedish politicians.

Robert C. O'Brien, US Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs, had been sent to attend the trial.

'The president asked me to come here and support these American citizens and we're working to bring them back as soon as possible,' O'Brien told AFP.

The two men who followed A$AP's entourage, claiming they had broken a pair of headphones

A$AP Rocky was on Thursday charged with assault in Sweden, despite President Trump's personal plea to the Swedish Prime Minster requesting the rapper be released.  Pictured: Video grabs of the fight, posted by the Grammy-nominated star

A video of last month's street brawl appeared to show the US rapper and his security team hurling a man to the ground and punching and kicking him (video footage pictured)

A video of last month's street brawl appeared to show the US rapper and his security team hurling a man to the ground and punching and kicking him (video footage pictured)

Jafari showed police the extent of his injuries from the alleged assault, in which he sustained cuts to his arms legs and face

Jafari showed police the extent of his injuries from the alleged assault, in which he sustained cuts to his arms legs and face

First Lady Melania Trump comments on A$AP Rocky's arrest in Sweden

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Is President Trump making things worse for ASAP Rocky?


A$AP's lawyer, Slobodan Jovicic, says the alleged victim's testimony went as expected and referred to him as a storyteller ... adding he plans to go at him Thursday during cross-examination.

Jovicic says A$AP's legal team will be calling 2 witnesses to the stand -- the bodyguard and another person who "saw something interesting."

As for the bottle allegedly used by Rocky ... his lawyer says they'll be able to show it was not used in the way prosecutors are claiming. He adds that A$AP's been living under a "dark cloud" of this case and his team is thankful there's plenty of video footage other than the initial street fight to tell the full story.

7:56 AM PT -- The trial just wrapped for the day ... with Rocky's alleged victim taking the stand. The alleged victim told the court that during the attack, he thought Rocky and his accomplices were going to kill him. He says he's had nightmares since the incident and the injuries to his hands left him unable to work. 

The alleged victim also stated the video of the attack that circulated has damaged his reputation ... and reports he was high on drugs during the incident simply weren't true. 

According to a reporter inside the courtroom, Oscar Schau, Rocky and the other men arrested with him sat silently and looked on as the victim spoke. 

The trial will resume in Sweden on Thursday. 

6:02 AM PT -- A$AP's lawyer told the judges the rapper was not the one who kicked or punched the alleged victim once he was on the ground. The lawyer also added Rocky laid hands on the guy because he felt his bodyguard was in danger. As you see from the video, the alleged victim struck the bodyguard in the head with his headphones.

As for the claim of prosecutors Rocky stomped on the guy with broken glass on his shoe, Rocky's lawyer said the bottle was crushed behind Rocky, he didn't know it was there and it ended up on his shoe.

ASAP Rocky is finally getting his day in court ... entering a not guilty plea in a Swedish court, and his family's also there showing support.

A$AP's mother, Renee Black, was escorted through the crowd of reporters, photographers and onlookers outside the Stockholm courthouse Tuesday morning.

Once the trial began, the rapper's attorney told the judge A$AP is pleading not guilty to assault, and said his client was acting in self-defense.

The trial is continuing ... so check back here for updates. The trial could go for up to 2 more days, but it's unclear if prosecutors and A$AP's team will need that much time to present their cases.

As you know ... A$AP has been in custody since early July, getting detained after turning himself in to Swedish authorities following a street brawl in the nation's capital. He was officially charged with assault last week, and he faces a maximum sentence of 2 years in prison.

However, the prosecutor told TMZ he will NOT recommend the full 2 year sentence if A$AP is convicted. A panel of 4 judges will hear the case, and at least 3 of them must rule an assault was committed for a conviction. In the event of a tie, the prosecutor can ask for a new trial. If A$AP is convicted, a judge will decide his sentence a week later.

As we've reported ... the man who attacked Rocky's crew in Stockholm will NOT be prosecuted for any crime, even though video appears to show the alleged victim, Mustafa Jafari, actually inciting the violence by harassing A$AP and his crew.

In the first video from the incident ... you clearly see Jafari strike A$AP's bodyguard in the head with a pair of headphones. Meanwhile, A$AP played peacemaker, trying to defuse the situation and saying no one wants to go to jail.

Once the brawl began though, A$AP is seen hurling Jafari to the ground.

The prosecutor said he had access to more information than people on the Internet ... saying he's talked to witnesses and reviewed video, and determined the claims by A$AP and his 2 crew members of provocation and self defense didn't hold water.

The prosecutor also says he considered Jafari's statement, which he claims is supported by witness statements. We're told Jafari admits striking the bodyguard, but only after A$AP's hired muscle lifted him off the ground by his neck. The prosecutor viewed the headphones attack as self defense.

As TMZ first reported, one of Jafari's witnesses is a man who was arrested 2 weeks ago for allegedly shoplifting two jackets.

Photos of Jafari's alleged injuries -- obtained by TMZ -- show a bloody finger, a bloody arm, a streak of blood on a bicep and blood on the back of an arm. The images also show various cuts and a gash on another body part.

A$AP's mother believes Sweden is out to get her son, and she thinks it's because he's black ... but Rocky says he won't make race an issue in his assault case.

President Trump and the State Dept. have been pressuring Sweden's Prime Minister to intervene and free A$AP ... but the PM essentially told Trump to mind his own business, saying the Swedish justice system is an independent body.

The prosecutor says A$AP will continue to be jailed pending the outcome of the trial.

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ASAP ROCKY CHARGED WITH CRIMINAL ASSAULT ... To Remain In Swedish Jail

Arguably, no one more powerful and influential than the President of the United States of America, Donald Trump.

Trump Tweeted and used the hashtag #FreeRocky:

“Very disappointed in Prime Minister Stefan Löfven for being unable to act,” he wrote. “Sweden has let our African American Community down in the United States. I watched the tapes of A$AP Rocky, and he was being followed and harassed by troublemakers. Treat Americans fairly! #FreeRocky”

Is Trump’s intervention doing more harm than good?

The Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven’s press secretary took to Twitter in response to Trump’s tweets:

“Prime Minister Stefan Löfven has explained and emphasized the complete independence of the Swedish judicial system, prosecutors and courts. In Sweden, everyone is equal before the law. The Government is not allowed, and will not attempt, to influence legal proceedings.”

What happens next is anyone’s guess, but a negotiated release now seems very unlikely.

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'I offered to personally vouch for his bail': Trump honors his promise to call Sweden's PM on behalf of jailed rapper A$AP Rocky in effort to get him released

TMZ has obtained photos of the alleged victim's alleged injuries ... injuries that formed the basis of the assault charge against A$AP Rocky. You see a bloody arm, a bloody finger, blood on the back of an arm and a streak of blood on a bicep. There's also a gash on another body part and various cuts.

The prosecutor tells TMZ ... he will NOT recommend the full 2 year sentence if A$AP is convicted. He won't say what his recommendation will be -- he says it depends on how the trial unfolds. As for the trial, he's recommending it begin next Tuesday, and continue Thursday and Friday. BTW, a panel of 4 judges will hear the case, and at least 3 of them must decide an assault was committed for a conviction. If it's a tie, the prosecutor can ask for a new trial. If Rocky is convicted, a judge will decide the sentence a week later.

ASAP Rocky has just been charged with a crime after spending weeks in a Swedish jail ... prosecutors just hit him with Assault Causing Actual Bodily Harm stemming from a street brawl in the country's capital ... and if convicted he could spend 2 years behind bars.

The prosecutor said A$AP will continue to be held in jail pending a trial ... and the trial date has not been set, although it could be today. A rep for the prosecutor tells TMZ the trial will be held within the next 2 weeks. The prosecutor expects the trial will last 3 days.

Two members of Rocky's crew have also been charged with the same crime and they will also be held pending trial.

The Swedish prosecutor just boasted he had access to more information than people on the internet. He said he's reviewed video and also talked to witnesses, and determined the claims by Rocky and his 2 crew members of self defense and provocation didn't hold water, despite the fact the alleged victim is the one who unrelentingly harassed and attacked Rocky and his crew first.

The prosecutor says he also considered the alleged victim's statement, which he says was supported by witness statements. We're told the alleged victim admits striking A$AP's bodyguard with a set of headphones, but only after the bodyguard lifted him off the ground by his neck, so the prosecutor viewed the headphones attack as self defense. BTW, the lifting by the neck is not on video, and interestingly, if the prosecutor really felt the bodyguard was the aggressor he would have been presumably charged ... and the bodyguard has already been cleared.

The charge has been 3 weeks in the making ... A$AP has been in jail alongside two of his associates since turning himself in to Swedish authorities earlier this month. Prosecutors inadvertently played their hand last week, announcing they were going to charge the Harlem rapper ... and on Thursday the hammer finally dropped.

The only good news for Rocky ... he and his crew will not be charged with Aggravated Assault, a more serious crime which carries a 6-year prison sentence.

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In video from the street brawl ... A$AP finally loses his cool, throwing his attacker to the ground and absolutely pummeling the guy.

The Swedish justice system is not bowing to pressure from the U.S. government ... with the Prime Minister essentially telling President Trump and the State Dept. to butt out after their attempts to free A$AP.

A$AP's mom thinks Sweden is out to get her son, and she believes it's because he's black ... even though A$AP himself says he won't make race an issue in his assault case.

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  • President Donald Trump says he 'personally vouched' for A$AP Rocky's bail in a phone call with Sweden's Prime Minister on Saturday
  • Trump tweeted that he had enjoyed a productive call with Stefan Löfven on Saturday morning, with the pair set to talk again after the weekend 
  • A$AP Rocky has been incarcerated for over two weeks after he and his entourage got into a street brawl in downtown Stockholm on June 30
  • The announcement comes just hours after Kanye West is said to have called the president through a direct line that he has to the Oval Office, asking for help
  • It's claimed that West wanted to get 'personally involved' but instead sought help from Trump, with whom he's consistently voiced admiration for publicly Trump says that West was one of many African Americans to call him about the hopeful release of A$AP Rocky. The two embraced after meeting in the Oval Office in 2018 when Kanye wore a hat with Trumps 'Make American Great  Again' slogan
President Donald Trump says he ‘personally vouched’ for A$AP Rocky’s bail in a phone call with Sweden’s Prime Minister, less than a day after vowing to secure the rapper’s release following a plea from Kanye West
Trump tweeted that he had enjoyed a productive call with Stefan Löfven on Saturday morning, with the pair set to talk again after the weekend about A$AP’s legal woes
President Trump claims that Kanye West (above)  called him to ask him if he could help ASAP Rocky
ASAP Rocky has been detained in Stockholm since July 3, sparking a social media campaign for his release
In a tweet, Trump shared that he had spoken to West about trying to free A$AP Rocky on Friday
Kim Kardashian has contacted the White House about his release and thanked President Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and White House Counselor Jared Kushner via Twitter

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Comment by mr1stroke on September 9, 2019 at 1:50pm

white people have the balls to stand up for their causes, they will do anything especially murder if you stand against them, but negros are forever victims, they killed him becausse he went against their belief, swedish or no they are consider white

Comment by Ronsay on September 8, 2019 at 5:59pm

I have a beautiful Congolese friend who lived in Sweden for a while and she told me that those ppl are racist as hell! He ex- husband was deep into politics so this was her reasoning for being there. She never returned there again. Keep in mind that the Swedish white women loves the African man though. All blk artist shouldn't preform there, but as a few here has already stated, dumb ass negros will continue to travel to these racist countries. Even though these racist countries we speak of are being destroyed by severe natural weather patterns as we speak.... 

Comment by mr1stroke on August 4, 2019 at 12:44am
Welcome home homie and yes thats the right choice you already loss a lot of money from cancel shows no need to return you are now a target, and if you do return charge the promoter 10 times and make sure they provide their own security on top of your security
Comment by cheryl on August 3, 2019 at 11:39pm
These people hate to see successful people of African decent. Don’t patronize them anymore than you have to and move on. They all believe we have no rights even on our own continent.
Make your money and leave them alone.
Comment by mr1stroke on August 2, 2019 at 11:48pm
Thank God for that leave those racist countries alone but negros never learn they quick to forgive any one other than their own kind
Comment by Robert on August 1, 2019 at 4:39pm
These rappers celebrities athletes with money , go to these countries make your money perform.
make your paper then leave, don't patronize their businesses, don't patronize their hotels, don't give money back to these racist countries.
Get your check and then go vacation in countries that appreciate you.. they should have got eight sap Rocky out and have a security call the police
Comment by mr1stroke on July 28, 2019 at 1:35am
vaughn mitchell f***** stop riding my dick, i dont converse with ignorant niggers learn how to read, what exactly did i say that has to do with the U.S? You just cant wait to come on here and ride my dick, im the best attention you will ever since you have nothing else to contribute, be a man stop riding other mans dick, you damn under cover negro tranny
Comment by vaughn mitchell on July 27, 2019 at 11:04am
Mr 1bitch Sweden is not the U. S., his black will be out. He should know better different country different laws,videotape everything, if they want to start s*** with you walk away, or call the cops. Beating up people, looking for fame is what they wanted and u fell right in their hands. Trump racism is spreading all over the world.
Comment by mr1stroke on July 25, 2019 at 4:59pm

well he is a celebrity he has to travel but for the rest of the negros who loves to go to those racist countries for vacation deserves that kind of treatment, since the case is now worldwide, i hope someone will help him, otherwise they will kill him in there

Comment by vaughn mitchell on July 23, 2019 at 7:53am
Then the racist, will say look I am not racist. I help free this dumb black man so I can't be racist, and some black people will suck it up. I hope Sweden, let his ads stay in jail.

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