US rapper A$AP Rocky released pending assault verdict

By Doug Mattushek - 03 August 2019Views : 620

A Swedish court has released US rapper A$AP Rocky on Friday pending the verdict of an assault trial, a decision that was quickly welcomed by President Donald Trump.

The 30-year-old rapper, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, hugged his mother in the courtroom after the Stockholm district court's judge Per Lennerbrant announced he would be released pending the verdict. A verdict will will be delivered on 14 August.

Mayers, who has been held in Sweden since 3 July when he was arrested following a brawl in Stockholm on 30 June, after him and his crew were embroild in a fight with a 19-year-old plaintiff.

Along with two others, who had been held in custody ahead of their trial because the court deemed him a "flight risk".

His detention has sparked a campaign for his release by his fans and fellow artists, with an online petition called #JusticeForRocky garnering more than 640 000 signatures. Social media campaigns have even urged fans to boycott Swedish brands such as Ikea.

The New York-born rapper took to Instagram to thank his fans after his release.

US Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs, Robert C.O'Brien was sent to attend the trial.

"The president felt they shouln't have been detained, they were stalked", O'Brien told reporters.

It was reported that fans and reporters lined up outside the entrance to the remand prison, trying to catch a glimpse of the rapper as he left, but they were disappointed to find out that the artist had been snuck out a side entrance.

Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet reported he left for the airport where a private jet was waiting for him.

The rapper pleaded not guilty due to self-defence and gave his own account of the brawl in court on Thursday, stressing that he had felt "scared" and that he and his entourage had repeatedly told the plaintiff to leave them alone.

Slobodan Jovicic, Mayer's lawyer said that he is pretty confident he won't need to serve a single day.