A$AP Rocky will now have his day(s) in a Swedish court … as he has been officially charged with a crime after spending weeks in jail … prosecutors have charged him with Assault Causing Actual Bodily Harm stemming from a street brawl in Stockholm .. and if convicted he could face 2 years in jail.
Rocky will remain behind bars until trial, with no date being set, but he could be tried today. According to TMZ prosecutor want the trial to be held within the next 2 weeks, and will last 3 days.
Two others who were with Rocky have also been charged with the same crime and they will also be held pending trial.
The Swedish prosecutor has said he has access to more information than people on the internet. He’s reviewed video and also talked to witnesses, and determined the claims by Rocky and his 2 crew members of self defense and provocation didn’t hold water, despite video evidence showing Rocky and his crew being harassed, and his bodyguard being assaulted.
The prosecutor says he also considered the alleged victim’s statement, which he says was supported by witness statements. The alleged victim admits striking A$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.
What’s interesting is the alleged lifting by the neck is not on video, so by that account, the bodyguard should’ve also been charged with assault, as he would’ve been the aggressor. But the bodyguard has already been cleared.
Rocky and two of his associates have been locked up since turning themselves 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 he was officially dropped.
The silver lining in this is that prosecutors dropped the Aggravated Assault charge, which carries a 6-year prison sentence.
As was reported … the man who attacked A$AP’s crew in the streets of Stockholm won’t be prosecuted for any crime, even though he incited the violence and kept harassing Rocky until the tables turned on him.
In the initial video … you hear A$AP attempting to diffuse the situation, playing peacemaker and saying no one wants to go to jail.
In video from the street brawl … Rocky had had enough of the harassment, throwing his attacker to the ground and absolutely beating him down.
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 mind their business after attempts were made to free Rocky.
The rapper’s mom has also weighed in, accusing Sweden of going out of their way to make an example of her son, and she believes it’s because he’s black. Rocky himself says he won’t make race an issue in his assault case.
TMZ also spoke to the prosecutor in this case, who says if Rocky is convicted, he won’t recommend the maximum 2 year sentence. He also has recommended the trial start next Tuesday and end by Friday.
A panel of 4 judges will hear the case, with a majority needing to agree that an assault actually took place for a conviction. If a majority can’t be attained, then the prosecutor can request a retrial.
If convicted, Rocky and his two associates will know their fate a week later.