A$AP Rocky out of jail until verdict in assault case, prosecutor seeks 6-month prison sentence

UPDATE (1:40 p.m.): A Swedish court has ruled that American rapper A$AP Rocky and two other U.S. suspects can be freed from detention until Aug. 14, when the verdict on their June 30 assault case will be announced.

It wasn’t immediately clear from the decision Friday by Stockholm District Court whether the three suspects in a beating could leave the country, but President Trump tweeted the rapper would be coming home.

Prosecutor Daniel Suneson said in his closing comments that he was seeking a six-month sentence for the rapper, who himself had said earlier Friday that community service would be a proper punishment.

Original story:

A Swedish prosecutor has asked for a six-month prison sentence for American rapper A$AP Rocky over an alleged assault in Stockholm in June.

A$AP Rocky has pleaded not guilty and claimed he and his two associates were defending themselves in the street brawl.

But prosecutor Daniel Suneson told the Stockholm District Court on Friday he has proven the accused were not defending themselves and therefore cannot claim self-defense.

“The three should be convicted of assault according to my description of events,” Suneson said, adding that the sentence for such crimes ranges between six to 10 months in jail.

The 30-year-old artist — whose real name is Rakim Mayers — has been in custody since July 3.

His case has fueled a diplomatic quarrel after repeated interventions from US President Donald Trump’s administration. Trump publicly demanded the rapper’s release, even raising the issue with the Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven.

A$AP Rocky was cross-examined by prosecutors on Thursday, the second day of the trial. The questioning was monitored from the courtroom by Trump’s hostage negotiator.

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