A$AP Rocky Temporarily Released By Swedish Court Ahead Of Verdict In Assault Trial

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Update, August 2: A$AP Rocky has temporarily been released from jail in Sweden, pending the verdict in his assault trial, the Associated Press reports. In a tweet, President Donald Trump revealed that the rapper was heading back to America.
Rocky, along with two other suspects being held in relation to the charges, was set free by a Swedish court ahead of the verdict in their case, which is set to be announced on August 14.
Update, July 5: According to reports out of Sweden, A$AP Rocky, née Rakim Mayers, will be remain detained for the next two weeks, allowing investigators to look further into a recent brawl. People reports that the performer appeared before a judge on Friday, where he learned he would be held during the two-week investigation.
"It depends on whether the investigation is completed or not," a spokesperson told the site. "If the investigation is finished and the prosecutor chooses to indict, then they will do that. But if the investigation is not completed by then — which is fairly likely given that two weeks is a relatively short time — the prosecutor will request that he is detained for a further two weeks. It is then for the court to decide."
Mayers' lawyer, Henrik Olsson Lilja told The New York Times that his client is "very disappointed."
He is currently in custody in Stockholm.
This story was originally published on July 3, 2019.
A$AP Rocky's performance at the Smash X Stadion festival in Stockholm, Sweden took a turn Tuesday night when he ended up detained by police on suspicion of assault, according to the Associated Press. A video posted by a Swedish tabloid appears to show Rocky, real name Rakim Mayers, and three men in a street fight following the performance.
While the Swedish Prosecution Authority told the AP that the investigation is at "an initial stage," Rocky and his peers were detained to prevent them from leaving the country and avoiding prosecution.
Rocky posted a video from the encounter to his Instagram with the caption, “We don’t know these guys and we didn’t want trouble, they followed us for 4 blocks, and they were slapping girls butts who passed, give me a break.” The video depicts Rocky and his security team asking two men following them and their crew to go in a different direction, while Rocky says, "You followin' [explicitavies]," and another person in his entourage says, "No, nobody wants to fight with him."
In another post, he adds that one of the men hit his security in the face with a pair of headphones. The 2:55-minute long video shows one of the men swinging at his security guard with headphones in his hand and a headphone cord flying. It continues, showing Rocky trying to reason with the men while one of them asks, "Who are you?" At one point, Rocky addresses the person filming, saying, "Just for the cameras, we don't want no problem with these boys. They keep following him," while the two men appear to keep following his security guard while he changes directions up and down the intersection.
According to Karin Rosander, Director of Communications for the Swedish Prosecution Authority, A$AP Rocky is still in custody, and they hope to "issue a new statement tomorrow afternoon," according to AP News.
A rep for Rocky did not immediately respond to Refinery29's request for comment.

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