Donald Trump cheers as A$AP Rocky freed in Swedish assault case

The Associated Press

Sweden's assault case against NY rapper A$AP Rocky has turned the internet into a odd vortex of hip-hop fans and armchair law professors, all opining on what should be happening. On Friday Trump tweeted, "It was a Rocky Week, get home ASAP A$AP!"

Rocky, real name Rakim Athelaston Mayers, was arrested on suspicion of assault following a street fight in Stockholm last month.

His trial at Stockholm District court entered its third and expected final day on Friday, with witnesses including his bodyguard taking the stand.

Though initial reports were unclear if A$AP Rocky would be able to leave the country, Trump proudly announced on Twitter that the rapper is now "on his way home". In closing arguments on Friday, prosecutors demanded that Rocky receive a six-month sentence - the rapper, by contrast, asked for community service. Trump has spoken with Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, offering to personally guarantee A$AP Rocky's bail, but the Swedish leader said he couldn't interfere in a legal case.

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Rocky and his entourage were accused of assaulting a man, who they testified had "glossy" eyes and appeared to be under the influence and represented a threat to them.

The bodyguard said that Jafari approached the group twice and was told to go away multiple times. "And now, I'm looking at him like, 'Yo, what's wrong with you?' I'm looking at him and saw that his eyes were really glossy, like he's on something". He had been behind bars since he was arrested on July 3.

One widely shared video captured by a witness appears to show the rapper grabbing and launching Jafari across the floor, before the entourage step in and beat him. "Next thing I know, my security guard was lifting one of them", the rapper testified, adding that the situation "got a little scary". Prosecutors allege that the musician and two companions "deliberately, together and in agreement" hit and kicked Jafari, including with a bottle.

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