DIVIDED OPINIONS: A$ AP Rocky is at ease in the fashion crowd, thanks to a series of collaborations, modeling and front-row appearances through the years.
The Grammy winner, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, pleaded not guilty to assault charges at the first day of his trial in Sweden on Tuesday, claiming that he acted in self-defense in a June 30 altercation in Stockholm. He has been held in Sweden since July 3 after being arrested along with two members of his entourage. The musician has reportedly been accused of punching, kicking and hitting the plaintiff, Mustafa Jafari, with a bottle.
His arrest has led to political sparring, with President Trump calling for his release through a few different medium since a phone call to Sweden’s Prime Minister Stefan Löfven last week. That appeal did not win points with Swedish politicians. Earlier this week Sweden’s former Prime Minister Carl Bildt tweeted his Washington Post op-ed that noted, “I was Sweden’s prime minister and no, Mr. Trump, I could not have freed A$ AP Rocky either.”
Robert C. O’Brien, U.S. special presidential envoy for Hostage Affairs, traveled to Stockholm to attend the trial, reportedly at Trump’s request.
In his own defense, a video of A$ AP Rocky being
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