A$AP Rocky‘s trial in Sweden is formerly underway, with the rapper accused of assault after footage emerged earlier this month of him and his entourage apparently pushing a man to the floor in Stockholm.
Today (August 1) both Rocky and the alleged victim, named by TMZ as Afghani refugee Mustafa Jafari, appeared in court to share their accounts of the story.
According to BBC reporter Larissa Kennedy on Twitter, Jafari alleged that four men, including Rocky, attacked him, with some using glass bottles as a weapon.
Rocky, however, has claimed that he acted in self-defence after Jafari approached him and his entourage, refused to leave when asked by his security guard and swung his headphones at Rocky’s bodyguard.
Day 2 of ASAP Rocky trial with @maddysavage – due to begin a few mins ago but large queue still. The mothers of all 3 suspects were able to visit detention centre yesterday. US has made unusual decision to send presidential envoy @robertcobrien who is attending trial #ASAPRocky pic.twitter.com/oymmhnM6MP
— Larissa Kennelly (@LarissaKennelly) August 1, 2019
“We wanted to get away from these guys,” he said. “Me and the crew started to tell them, listen, go the other way, we don’t want no problems.”
Rocky said that the men continued following them, and that he and his entourage did pick up glass bottles to stop them being used by Jafari and his friend, but that he then “realised it was stupid… not necessary… [and] put them down.”
He said that he only got involved physically in retaliation after the man began attacking his security guard, and that he was considering pressing charges himself.
“I know my security guard, he follows protocol… to protect me at all costs,” Rocky said. “But [his bodyguard] is not a violent person. I’m a celebrity so I didn’t want to cause too much attention.”
“You got to realize my life is very unique and particular. I’ve been stabbed in the face and my home has been robbed at gunpoint twice. That’s why I have security.”
Rocky also said he believed that Jafari was on drugs. “He was fearless, his eyes were all weird, he came up to a big bodyguard and asked us questions he knew we couldn’t answer. He looked like he was on drugs,” he said.