Black Rapper A$AP Rocky Allowed to Return to US from Sweden After Trump intervention is successful
President Donald Trump sent well wishes to the Grammy-nominated black rapper A$AP Rocky, who along with two other U.S. suspects can be freed from detention in Sweden until Aug. 14, when the verdict on their alleged June 30 assault case will be announced. Trump was instrumental in getting the rapper’s freedom after seeing video evidence of the alleged crime.
Prosecutor Daniel Suneson said in his closing comments that he was seeking a six-month sentence for the rapper, who himself had said earlier Friday that community service would be a proper punishment.
President Trump has championed the cause of A$AP Rocky, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, since he was arrested and charged with assault following a June incident in Stockholm. The rapper was charged last week with committing an assault causing actual bodily harm. Trump has been called a racist pretty much 24/7 from the mainstream media and Democrats for the past two years.
The case gained additional traction in the U.S. after Trump said he learned of it from first lady Melania Trump and had discussed it with Kanye West.
“I personally don’t know A$AP Rocky, but I can tell you he has tremendous support from the African American community in this country,” Trump said. “When I say African American, I think I can really say from everybody in this country because we’re all one,” he added. The president credited Melania Trump with bringing the 30-year-old entertainer’s case to his attention.
The incident has caused something of a diplomatic rift with Sweden, with Trump asking Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven to intervene in the case and Löfven declining. The president last week claimed Sweden “has let our African American Community down in the United States.”
Rocky and two members of his entourage allegedly assaulted Mustafa Jafari over the course of several minutes in the streets of Stockholm in an incident captured on video, but the rapper’s lawyers have insisted it was an act of self-defense and that the group was being harassed.
The AP reported that prosecutors are seeking a six-month jail sentence, while Rocky has said community service would be an appropriate punishment.
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
The bodyguard of A$AP Rocky has told a Swedish court that the strange behavior and the “glossy” eyes of the man that the American rapper and his entourage are accused of assaulting in June alerted him that something was not right.The Stockholm District Court came with the announcement that ASAP Rocky and his fellow charged friends were released from prison. He is now on his way back to the US, pending the verdict which will be announced on August 14.
Robert C. O’Brien, U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs, gave his view on the matter during a press conference.
The rapper and two members of his entourage accused of assault were released from detention until Aug. 14, when the verdict will be announced in his trial, The Associated Press reported Friday. However, it wasn’t clear whether the individuals could leave the country in the interim, despite Trump’s claim the rapper was headed back to the U.S.