As I write this, American rapper A$AP Rocky is still in a Swedish jail, awaiting trial on assault charges following a brawl that happened on a street in Stockholm on June 30. Meanwhile, back in the US, everyone from Donald Trump to Kim Kardashian to Justin Bieber is demanding that he be released. Trump has even gone as far to say that he’s “very disappointed” in the Swedish prime minister over the whole thing.
This whole thing screams for some kind of clarity. What really happened? What’s the controversy?
Rocky says he and his two companions were acting in self-defense and was responding to some fightin’ words. Swedish prosecutors aren’t buying that, saying “the events in question constitute a crime despite claims of being self-defense and provocation.”
Naturally, though, there’s video. Take a look at draw your own conclusions.
The first clip shows a verbal and then physical confrontation between Roxy, his bodyguard and a couple of guys in white shirts. One of them seems intent on being a bit of a dick.
And then things escalated.
Swedish authorities say there’s way more to the story than what we see in these clips. I quote from a statement from one of the prosecutors: “It is worth noting that I have had access to a greater amount of material than that which has previously been available on the internet. In addition to video material, the injured party’s statements have been supported by witness statements.”
The accuser–the dude in the white shirt that was following Rocky and his bodyguard–claims to have suffered (via TMZ) “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.” (Here’s more on that. From this story, it looks like he might have some kind of case. But who knows?)
Meanwhile, Rocky’s bodyguard has a counterclaim. He says that one of the Swedish dudes smashed a pair of headphones over his head.
TMZ has this report.
Meanwhile, Swedish Prime Minister Carl Bildt fired this back at Trump, basically telling him to butt out.
The rule of the law applies to everyone equally and is exercised by an independent judiciary. That’s the way it is in the US, and that’s certainly the way it is in Sweden. Political interference in the process is distinctly off limits! Clear? https://t.co/8iTc9Y0df3— Carl Bildt (@carlbildt) July 26, 2019
And it probably didn’t help Rocky’s case when he gave his name to police as “pretty mother f*cker.”
Four judges will hear this case in the next week. The maximum jail time is two years, but no one expects prosecutors to go for that.
Oh, and someone has threatened to blow up the Swedish embassy in DC.
More details here. And just for fun, there’s this:
Fascinant pic.twitter.com/Yq1Qw5nvg4— Luc de Barochez (@lucdebarochez) July 24, 2019