A$AP Rocky’s trial began in Sweden on Tuesday (July 30) with the rapper appearing in court to argue his innocence after he was charged with assault on July 25 by Swedish authorities. Standing before a judge, the Harlem rap artist pleaded not guilty to the assault charges being levied against him and two associates, according to the Associated Press.
Rocky landed himself in international hot waters after videos emerged online on June 30 showing him and and his team involved in a street brawl with a 19-year-old man named Mustafa Jafari. Rocky maintained that he was acting in self defense, which his lawyer, Slobodan Jovicic, backed up by saying the force he used to protect himself was “within the limits of the law.”
Contrary to Rocky’s claims, prosecutors presented more than 500 pages of evidence, including videos obtained from the phones of Rocky’s crew and 13 minutes of security footage from a nearby fast food restaurant that they contend paints a fuller picture of what actually went down, according to Yahoo News.
Prosecutor Daniel Suneson asserted that the videos posted to Rocky’s Instagram where he asked the two men to stop following him had been edited to remove instances where his bodyguard grabbed and pushed the plaintiff before the fight started.
Suneson further alleged that Rocky and the other two suspects allegedly beat, kick, and hit Jafari with a bottle, sharing photos of the injuries Jafari sustained in the fight. Prosecutors are using the undoctored videos to argue the Harlem rapper and the two others accused “deliberately” assaulted Jafari, which backs up Jafari’s side of the story.
Rocky’s lawyer, Martin Persson, told a Swedish public television channel on Monday (July 29) that he had new evidence that showed where “no bottle has been used to hit or injure anyone” during the incident. It is not clear what Persson shared in trial on Tuesday as the trial is being held in a secured courtroom where no filming or taking photos is allowed.
If charged, Rocky can be sentenced up to two years in prison. On top of that, Jafari is seeking $14,700 in damages, according to AP.
The trial is projected for a three-day run, although it’s not clear if it will go on for that long. Testimonies are expected to take place on Thursday.
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