Since rapper A$AP Rocky was arrested following an altercation on the streets of Sweden on June 30, thousands of his fans, celebrities including Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, members of Congress and even President Donald Trump have spoken out and, in some cases, taken action.
Here’s a breakdown of what’s happened so far, starting with the most recent events:
Aug. 2: A$AP Rocky is released from jail, as witness changes her story
The judge in Rocky’s assault trial says the rapper is free to leave the country, despite prosecutors’ argument that Rocky is a flight risk, while he considers a verdict. The audience in the courtroom cheers the development, according to TMZ. Trump shares the news on Twitter:
Rocky's release comes on the same day that one of two anonymous women who witnessed the incident testifies that, while she initially told police that she saw Rocky hit the alleged victim, Mustafa Jafari, with a bottle, she didn’t actually see that happen. She says in court testimony via video that she heard a bottle being crushed, but it could have been the bottle hitting the ground. Both women are steadfast in saying they saw Rocky’s group hitting and kicking Jafari.
The judge is expected to render his verdict on Aug. 14.
A Yahoo Finance interview, filmed before Rocky’s release, features rapper Meek Mill applauding Trump’s efforts in the case.
“We’re into using power to the fullest extent and trying to change laws and make great change,” Mill says.
Aug. 1: Rocky testifies at his assault trial
In a Stockholm courtroom, Rocky says he was defending himself. He says Jafari went up to his bodyguard while the star was attempting to download an app to rent an electric scooter. Rocky recalls that he immediately suspected Jafari was under the influence of something and that the man and his friend wouldn’t stop following him.
“We pleaded and we begged and we said, ‘Look man, we don’t want to fight y’all. We don’t want any more problems. We don’t want to go to jail. We don’t want to fight y’all. Please stop following us,” Rocky says.
He adds that the men eventually attacked his security guard.
“At this point we are really scared,” Rocky continues. “I saw my security guard being cut, bleeding. We didn’t know what to expect with these strangers — I’m not from Sweden, so it was really scary.”
He says he was “in defense mode,” both out of fear — he wasn’t near his hotel and didn’t really know where he was — and because of past violent encounters, such as having been robbed at gunpoint.
Rocky explains that he has no interest in anything but justice in the case.
“I’ve heard speculation that I could demand damages and money and what not,” he says. “I don’t want any money. I can earn that money back. For me, what I want is justice. And I want my name to be cleared. And justice for all.”
Meanwhile, Rocky supporters gather outside the court to play his music and chant, “Free A$AP, free A$AP.”
July 30: Rocky’s assault trial begins
The performer pleads not guilty to assault as his trial begins in Stockholm District Court, CBS News reports. His lawyer claims Rocky, as well as two others facing charges, acted in self-defense when he fought with the alleged victim. Prosecutors say the trio beat and kicked Jafari, as well as hit him with a bottle.
The star’s mother is in Sweden for court proceedings, which are being held in a secure courtroom due to the “interest from the media and the public" in the case. No photographs or video are allowed to be taken.