ASAP Rocky Was Once Detained In A Sweden Jail For A Month
The then-30-year-old rapper, along with his entourage, was accused of assaulting a young man in Sweden. While he claimed self-defense, a Swedish high-court found him guilty.
Before he was dad-to-be A$AP Rocky, the “Sundress” rapper, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, spent a month in a Swedish jail for assaulting a man.
According to NBC News, the incident happened on June 30, 2019, while the two-time Grammy nominee was in Stockholm, headlining the Smash festival.
A video appeared online which showed a then 30-year-old Mayers punching a man in the street, BBC reported.
He was arrested after he and two members of his entourage allegedly fought a 19-year-old man named Mustafa Jafari, according to NBC News.
The prosecution argued that Mayers threw Jafari on the ground and three men proceeded to kick and punch him, but Mayers claimed it was self-defense and said Jafari and another man harassed him.
TMZ further explained the fight happened when Jafari hounded Mayers after a woman claimed the rapper groped her butt. TMZ also said the rapper voluntarily turned himself in and Swedish police refused to let him meet with a member of the U.S. Embassy, which is usually the standard procedure when an American is arrested in Sweden.
At the time, thousands of people called for the release of Mayers, including fellow rappers Tyler, the Creator and Nicki Minaj, according to Dazed Digital.
Former President Donald Trump also got involved by calling on Sweden’s prime minister to free the rapper via Twitter.
When he was not initially freed, the president tweeted, from his now-deleted Twitter account, that he was “Very disappointed in Prime Minister Stefan Löfven for being unable to act,” Reuters reported.
“I watched the tapes of A$AP Rocky, and he was being followed and harassed by troublemakers. Give A$AP Rocky his FREEDOM,” the remainder of the tweet read.
After a month behind bars, Mayers stood trial and was found guilty and ordered to pay an undisclosed amount in damages to Jafari, BBC reported.
Mayers, along with Bladimir Corniel and David Rispers, members of his entourage, all received a two-year suspended sentence. This meant the three could avoid further jail time if they did not commit any more crimes during a two-year probation.
The rapper called his arrest a humbling experience.
"That a scary, humbling experience, but I’m here right now. God is good,” the rapper said at a crowd during his 2019 performance at the Real Street Fest in Anaheim, California.