LONDON – American rapper A $ AP Rocky was charged with assault in Sweden and will be brought to trial next week, the Swedish prosecutor and his lawyer said on Thursday. The trial will begin on Tuesday.
The prosecutor recommends three days for the hearing, the Swedish Public Prosecutor's Office said in a separate statement that Rocky will remain in prison until the trial date.
President Donald Trump got involved in the case on behalf of First Lady Melania Trump and rapper Kanye West and offered to personally "vouch for" Rocky's bail.
In response to the question of whether Rocky had heard of Trump's statements, Jovicic said his client was grateful for the support shown "by many different people."
The rapper, whose real name is Rakim Mayer (30), was arrested on 3 July for "probable cause of serious injury" in Sweden has the Smash x Stadium, a two-day hip-hop festival in the capital of the country, put to the top.
"I have today instituted criminal proceedings against the three individuals suspected of actually causing bodily harm, and have concluded that the events have occurred. This constitutes a crime and is in spite of the claims of self-defense and the provocation, "said prosecutor Daniel Suneson on Thursday.
Rocky and members of his entourage reportedly been involved in a thug in downtown Stockholm on June 30. A person was beaten and cut with broken bottles
Jovicic claimed that Rocky and his associates defended themselves after being provoked by the other men on the street.
"They asked and asked to be left alone," said [1
Trump responded to calls for help for Rocky and tweeted last week he would call "the very talented Swedish Prime Minister to see what we can do to help Rocky".
The next day, however, Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven warned that despite Trump's public intervention, Rocky would not receive any special treatment in the case. N said he had made a phone call to the President.
"In Sweden, everyone is equal before the law, and this includes visitors from other countries."