HELSINKI – American rapper A $ AP Rocky blamed himself innocently when his Swedish trial was opened on Tuesday, a month after a street fight landed him in jail and became a topic of US-Swedish diplomacy.
Rocky, whose real name is Rakim Mayer, is accused of having beaten a 19-year-old man in Stockholm on June 30 in Stockholm, in which Mayer's showed how he did
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Mayer, 30, pleaded not guilty of wearing a sweatpants and a green T-shirt on a charge of two years' imprisonment He said that he had acted in self-defense.
The Grammy Nominative The artist's continued detention in Sweden this month prompted President Donald Trump to personally intervene in his name. Nonetheless, Mayers remained behind bars, which angered Trump.
The Swedish news agency TT said Trump sent the US Special Envoy for Hostage-taking to Stockholm to oversee the trials and assist Mayer.
Special Envoy Robert O'Brien was seen on Tuesday at the Stockholm District Court. Ruth Newman, spokeswoman for the US Embassy in Stockholm, told TT that O & O Brien is in Sweden "to provide for the welfare of American citizens, which is our top priority."
Renee Black, mother of A $ AP Rocky, was also present. She said she was convinced that her son was not guilty
. "This is a nightmare," Swedish media quoted.
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The prosecution said 19-year-old Mustafa Jafari and a friend were near Mayers and one of his bodyguards near a stand-up Restaurants in which the rapper's entourage had eaten.
Mayers has posted videos on his Instagram account, showing that he repeatedly implored Jafari and his friend to stop following him and his staff. Defender Slobodan Jovicic said on Tuesday that the rappers and his entourage "did not want any problems" and claimed that Jafari and his friend had shown "aggressive and deeply provocative behavior".
A $ AP Rocky had previously experienced violent situations due to his fame on the street, and "there are some people who do not. I wish him all the best. "said Jovicic.
"He has been molested in the past, in which case the bodyguard has judged that these people (Jafari and his friend) should move on … and not come near," the lawyer said. The prosecution accuses Mayers and the other two men in court records of charging and kicking Jafari while he is lying on the ground, allegedly also struck with parts or a whole bottle of Jafari The court record contains photos of Jafari's cuts, bruises and blood-stained garments
Another lawyer representing A $ AP Rocky in Sweden, Martin Persson, told the public broadcaster SVT that he would present new evidence, including facts that would show "no" bottle was used to name someone to beat or injure. "
Any physical aggression by Mayers and his co-defendants was" in the frame of the law, "said Persson.
The rapper was arrested on July 3 and remains in custody. The case drew the attention of American celebrities such as Kim Kardashian West and other artists from Mayers, including Sean "Diddy" Combs and Justin Bieber. Shortly after his arrest, a social media campaign called #JusticeForRocky was launched for his release.
Trump also intervened, asking for a call to Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven and offering to personally guarantee the bail for the rapper. The two leaders spoke with each other, but Lofven emphasized that he could not interfere in a lawsuit.
Sweden does not release people being prosecuted on bail and A $ AP Rocky remained behind bars. After Mayers had been charged, Trump criticized the Prime Minister on Twitter as "incapacitated".
"We're doing so much for Sweden, but it does not seem to work the other way around, Sweden should focus on its real crime problem! #FreeRocky," Trump tweeted.
The trial was held in a safe courtroom, "due to the strong media and public interest," the Stockholm District Court said. Photography and video recording was prohibited. The court has scheduled two more days for the trial. Witnesses are expected to testify on Thursday.