A$AP Rocky returned to the United States this weekend, after 31 days spent in custody in Sweden following a street brawl that saw him detained pending investigation.
Rocky had been roaming the streets of Stockholm with his entourage, when they were filmed beating and throwing a man who had reportedly been following them. The incident occurred in Stockholm on Sunday 30th June, and Rocky and his team were later arrested on suspicion of assault. Rocky had earlier appeared at Smash festival in Stockholm.
Rocky posted a video to Instagram after the incident saying that the men involved in the incident had been following him for four blocks, and ‘slapping girls butts who passed’.
Following concerns raised by Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, President Trump took a personal interest in Rocky’s case and conditions, which were described as “Like Walking Into A Toilet” by a US official.
The situation escalated into an international incident last month, when Trump told Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven that he was ‘very disappointed’ that Löfven refused his request for bail and freedom for the musician. However, Sweden has no bail system and their constitution prevents the Prime Minister from getting involved in legal cases.
Now that Rocky’s been released it’s unlikely he’ll have to return to Swedish prison. “If the court released him today that means either he will not be convicted or he will be convicted but he will not be sent to prison for more time than he has already been detained”, Anne Ramberg, the secretary-general of the Swedish Bar Association, told TIME Magazine.
If found innocent, Rocky may be awarded a lump sum of approximately $2m by the Swedish justice system, in accordance with a law that compensates those found innocent for income lost behind bars.
Mustafa Jafari, the man Rocky is accused of assaulting, was left minor injuries and a blood-stained shirt, according to court records. He is now seeking $14,700 worth of damages for his physical and psychological injuries, plus lost income and damage to his appearance.
Following his release, Rocky took to instagram to thank his fans.
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THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART TO ALL OF MY FANS, FRIENDS AND ANYONE ACROSS THE GLOBE WHO SUPPORTED ME DURING THESE LAST FEW WEEKS I CANT BEGIN TO DESCRIBE HOW GRATEFUL I AM FOR ALL OF YOU THIS HAS BEEN A VERY DIFFICULT AND HUMBLING EXPERIENCE I WANT TO THANK THE COURT FOR ALLOWING ME BLADI AND THOTO TO RETURN TO OUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS THANKS AGAIN FOR ALL OF THE LOVE AND SUPPORT
President Trump was also quick to express his congratulations, picking out a witty pun for the occasion.
A$AP Rocky released from prison and on his way home to the United States from Sweden. It was a Rocky Week, get home ASAP A$AP!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 2, 2019
Expect some big Sweden diss tracks coming soon…