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Rapper A$AP Rocky will return to Sweden to perform months after assault conviction for street brawl that sparked diplomatic row when Trump started #FREEROCKY campaign

Sweden Rejects ASAP Rocky's Appeal For Release

Sweden Rejects ASAP Rocky's Appeal For Release

  • A$AP Rocky, 31, brawled with a 19-year-old plaintiff in Stockholm on June 30 
  • The rapper, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, received a suspended sentence
  • President Trump said he should be freed on Twitter with a #FREEROCKY hashtag

The Swedish lawyer who initially represented ASAP Rocky in his Swed...

The 31-year-old rapper (pictured left), whose real name is Rakim Mayers, was arrested on July 3 following a street fight in Stockholm on June 30 in which he and his entourage were embroiled with a 19-year-old plaintiff (Mayers can be seen in the right image on the left with shorts on)

New York rapper A$AP Rocky will return to Sweden for a concert, his promoter said Friday, despite an assault conviction that sparked diplomatic tensions and fan fury.

'After massive support from the Swedish fans he is returning to Stockholm for an anticipated concert,' entertainment company Live Nation said in a statement.

The event is scheduled for December 11 at the Ericsson Globe arena.

The 31-year-old rapper, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, was arrested on July 3 following a street fight in Stockholm on June 30 in which he and his entourage were embroiled with a 19-year-old plaintiff.

The case drew global attention after US President Donald Trump sparked diplomatic tensions when he called for the rapper to be released.  

'Give A$AP Rocky his FREEDOM. We do so much for Sweden but it doesn't seem to work the other way around,' Trump wrote in a July tweet and added the hashtag #FreeRocky.

The US president had a direct phone call with Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, who reportedly emphasised that Sweden's judiciary was independent.

The 31-year-old rapper (pictured left), whose real name is Rakim Mayers, was arrested on July 3 following a street fight in Stockholm on June 30 in which he and his entourage were embroiled with a 19-year-old plaintiff (Mayers can be seen in the right image on the left with shorts on)

The 31-year-old rapper (pictured left), whose real name is Rakim Mayers, was arrested on July 3 following a street fight in Stockholm on June 30 in which he and his entourage were embroiled with a 19-year-old plaintiff (Mayers can be seen in the right image on the left with shorts on)

In this file photo taken on January 23, 2017 US rapper ASAP Rocky poses before the Christian Dior 2017 spring/summer Haute Couture collection on January 23, 2017 in Paris. The Stockholm district court said on August 02, 2019, that US rapper A$AP Rocky should be released from custody, pending the verdict of an assault trial that has garnered global attention and stirred fan outrage
Rapper A$AP Rocky's entourage gets into fight in SwedenA$AP Rocky will return to Sweden due to an overwhelming demand from Swedish fans, according to his promoter. He can be seen pre-conviction here at the Pre-Grammy Gala And Salute To Industry Icons in Beverly Hills, Calif. in February
A$AP Rocky will return to Sweden due to an overwhelming demand from Swedish fans, according to his promoter. He can be seen pre-conviction here at the Pre-Grammy Gala And Salute To Industry Icons in Beverly Hills, Calif. in February 

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.

In mid August the Stockholm District Court announced it had found him, along with two members of his entourage, guilty and handed them suspended sentences.

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

Slobodan Jovicic, defense attorney, leaves the courthouse during the lunch break on the third day of the A$AP Rocky assault trial at the Stockholm city courthouse on August 2, 2019 in Stockholm, Sweden

Slobodan Jovicic, defense attorney, leaves the courthouse during the lunch break on the third day of the A$AP Rocky assault trial at the Stockholm city courthouse on August 2, 2019 in Stockholm, Sweden

A courtroom sketch shows Rakim Athelaston Mayers, alias ASAP Rocky (in green shirt), and his defence lawyer Slobodan Jovicic (R) during the second day of ASAP Rocky's trial, in Stockholm, Sweden, 01 August 2019. The artist claimed the fight happened after he became scared and 'defended himself'

A courtroom sketch shows Rakim Athelaston Mayers, alias ASAP Rocky (in green shirt), and his defence lawyer Slobodan Jovicic (R) during the second day of ASAP Rocky's trial, in Stockholm, Sweden, 01 August 2019. The artist claimed the fight happened after he became scared and 'defended himself' 

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The artists claimed he acted in self-defense, saying he felt 'scared' after the young man had followed and harrassed the group.

Mayers also posted videos of his own to Instagram - purporting to show the lead up to the fight - where the young man can be seen following the group and asking about a pair of headphones despite being asked to walk the other way.

Mayers' imprisonment outraged fans, who started an online petition called #JusticeForRocky, which garnered more than 640,000 signatures.

Supporters were urged to boycott Swedish brands such as Ikea. 

Trump also sent then US Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs and current National Security Advisor Robert C. O'Brien to attend the trial.

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Sweden Rejects ASAP Rocky's Appeal For Release

Sweden has reportedly denied an appeal from ASAP Rocky to release him from custody.

According to the AFP, the Supreme Court says they found no reason to review the case, which stems from a Jun. 30 street fight between Rocky, his crew and two men. The Swedish authorities believe that the rapper is a flight risk.

Rocky will be forced to remain in their custody for two weeks until the investigation is over.

Fans have been concerned about Rocky's wellness after ASAP Ferg posted on Instagram, revealing ASAP's alleged conditions:

"He's in Sweeden locked up in solitary confinement with no visit or phone call privileges. They are trying to keep him there for 2 weeks and if convicted he will be looking at 6 years just for defending himself in a fight. He was no way in form the aggressor in this ordeal. Pray for justice #freeflacko," he wrote.


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Comment by vaughn mitchell on Saturday
Dumb negro did not learn his lesson.
Comment by Nexus on July 10, 2019 at 3:10pm
And this fool has issues with dark skin women..
Comment by Mr. Johnson on July 9, 2019 at 7:27pm
Smdh
Comment by Lu on July 9, 2019 at 6:48pm
That's what he gets. Why did he think that the European countries give too monkey dung about who he was. Pale DEVILz are the same no matter where they're from...PERIOD
Comment by Nexus on July 9, 2019 at 6:04pm
@Robert facts, when in Rome...the pig is out the stye but not the stye out the pig...
Comment by Robert on July 9, 2019 at 4:11pm
He's not in Brooklyn or Oakland or Compton he should have known better
Comment by Robert on July 9, 2019 at 4:11pm
His security should have known to protect him and contact the local police first.. you're in a foreign land When in Rome do as the Romans

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