A$AP Rocky pleaded not guilty to an assault charge prior to his trial getting underway Tuesday in Sweden. Two other members of his entourage are also facing charges.
Rocky, a rapper who’s real name is Rakim Mayers, was accused of assaulting a man, Mustafa Jafari, on June 30 while on tour in Stockholm.
Mayers posted two videos on his Instagram of the incident. In the video, Mayers and his affiliates repeatedly ask Jafari to stop following them. Jafari then attacked Mayers’ security and lost his headphones in the process.
Jafari continued to harrass them (and asking for his headphones), and it resulted in a bigger fight for which TMZ released the footage of. Mayers was subsequently arrested and has been detained since.
Mayers remains in custody in Sweden as the trial occurs.
According to CBS News, prosecutors alleged in more than 500 pages of court documents that Mayers and two members of his entourage beat and kicked Jafari while he was on the ground and that he was hit by parts of or a whole bottle.
Mayers’ case has caught the attention of prominent figures like Kanye West and President Trump who contacted the Prime Minister of Sweden to get Mayers release. When his attempt proved to be unsuccessful, Trump began criticizing Sweden.
Some social users however aren’t sympathetic to Mayers case due to his previous stance on social injustices.
“I’m A$AP Rocky. I did not sign up to be no political activist,” said Mayers in a 2015 interview with Time Out talking about a student who challenged his decision to abstain from rapping about police brutality. “I wanna talk about my motherfuckin’ lean, my best friend dying, girls, my jiggy fashion and my inspirations in drugs. I live in fucking Soho and Beverly Hills. I can’t relate. I go back to Harlem, it’s not the same. It’s a sad story. I gotta tell you the truth. I’m in the studio, I’m in fashion houses, I’m in these bitches’ drawers. I’m not doing anything outside of that. That’s my life. These people need to leave me the fuck alone.”
As the New York Times reports, the hearing is scheduled to last three days — today, Thursday and Friday — and a decision is expected soon afterwards.