New York-bred rapper A $ AP Rocky was arrested in Stockholm, Sweden, after being charged with assault last week. The rapper-producer was in the country to perform at the two-day hip-hop music festival Smash x Stadium when the incident occurred.
The native Rakim Myers and some of his followers were filmed in a physical fight on the street. The BBC reports that the police arrested him for serious assault and that he is currently in Sweden. Three others were arrested along with him. There are reports that he could be imprisoned for up to six years for the offense. Could things really go in that direction?
How the Controversy Begins
At A $ AP Rocky, conflicting stories are the root of the case
He released two sets of his own video footage about the skirmish to prove it was him
provoked. It shows some men following him and his crew as they a
Stockholm street. They repeatedly asked the strangers to move away from them,
and one of the men continued to speak to the rapper's guard. This continues for
a while before a fight began.
In the headline, A $ AP Rocky wrote that the boys were drug addicts and physically harassed women passing by. According to his post, he told them that they did not have trouble and did not want to go to jail, but the harassment continued in blocks. At some point, one of the guys hit a bodyguard with a pair of headphones, but the guard blocked the hits and tried to leave. Then the man accused the bodyguard of breaking his headphones.
A little later, a fight between A $ AP Rocky and the men was filmed by a spectator and hired by TMZ. Once he threw one of the men and after the fight was over, the rapper and his colleagues left the scene. According to Complex, the whole thing may have started with a dispute in a restaurant.
Possible consequences for the rapper
News reported that the altercation took place on Sunday and turned the A $ AP Rocky
he will contact the Swedish authorities on Wednesday. He and the other participants were
formally arrested and charged. The BBC noted that the Swedish prosecutors have risen
Up to three days to decide how to proceed with the case, but complex
Reported that they have asked a judge to detain him and the other suspects for two
Weeks. They demand more time to investigate the case.
There are no juries for criminal matters in Sweden, so it is up to the prosecution or the defense lawyer to prove their case. Swedish judges try to avoid imprisonment unless the crime is extreme. The country offers conditional release so prisoners can be freed after serving two-thirds of their imprisonment. It is possible that A $ AP Rocky will receive a less severe sentence than six years if convicted of assault.
Until he moves through the Swedish legal system, is the rapper
He is expected to miss his performance plan in the coming weeks
Last Wednesday there was a show in Oslo, Norway. Prosecutors are expected
to be informed about the case by the end of the week or early next week.