A$AP Rocky’s assault trial in Sweden resumed Thursday, with his defense given the opportunity to build their case to exonorate the rapper.
TMZ reports that Rocky’s team changed strategy based on the alleged victim’s testimony and other evidence and now plan to call the rapper to the stand Thursday. Their initial plan was for the rapper to NOT take the stand and focus solely on the alleged victim.
Once on the stand, Rocky testified that the alleged victim was aggressively stalking him and his associates and he was trying to keep the peace in the situation. He begged them to leave him alone and thought drugs played a role in their insistence to keep following him and his associates.
He admits that he and his associates “jumped” the alleged victim, but only after he assaulted his bodyguard. He also admitted to some pushing and shoving between the two parties, but that one of them definitely charged them.
When attorneys brought up the bottle he was holding at the time of the incident, he asserted that he “didn’t break any bottle,” and his crew picked up bottle, but only to “get them out of there.” He continued, saying, “You got to realize my life is very unique and particular. I’ve been stabbed in the face and my home has been robbed at gunpoint twice. That’s why I have security.”
Prosecutors have their chance to cross examine him on the stand, bringing up a chain of text messages from his assistant, which said, “Harlem came out and smashed a bottle on a person.” Their assertion is that “Harlem” is Rocky.
They asked more questions about his phone, wanting to know if he shot any video with it that they haven’t seen. This line questioning was due to another text from Rocky’s assistant, stating, “I hope Rocky deleted all the videos on his phone and kept only the one.”
Rocky responded by saying he didn’t know about those text, and the video he posted of what lead to the assault was in response to the one release that showed just that, with no other context … like his bodyguard being assaulted.
Rocky’s testimony ended with the rapper essentially throw himself at the mercy on the court, saying, “I have spent a month in Sweden. This is my 5th or 6th time here. I have seen the most beautiful architecture. And the not-so-nice things … what I want is justice. I want my name to be cleared. Justice for all of us.”
Rocky also said he doesn’t want any money from Sweden in terms of the potential millions he could stand lose by missing tour dates due to his incarceration. By law, Sweden would be on the hook any money lost, if Rocky is acquitted.