A $ AP Rocky pleaded not guilty when his attack process started in Sweden on Tuesday and said he was acting in self-defense.
The American rapper, real name Rakim Mayers, faces two years in prison for claims that he and his entourage attacked 30-year-old Mustafa Jafari on June 30 – beat him with a bottle and beat him and kicked him at the same time.
The lawsuit started like that of Sweden Expresses The newspaper revealed that Jafari has a long criminal history, including earlier convictions for heroin, assault and minor thefts.
A $ AP Rocky, real name Rakim Mayers, appeared in Stockholm on Tuesday and pleaded not guilty of attacking 19-year-old Mustafa Jafari in the city last month
Mayers and two of his friends are sentenced to two years in prison. Prosecutors claim that they defeat Jafari with their fists, feet and part of a bottle
Mayers claims that his retinue acted in self-defense after being harassed by Jafari and his friend, and that no bottle was used in the attack
Meanwhile, his 20-year-old friend, who will appear as a witness in the case after the police discovered that there was insufficient evidence to report, also regularly had problems with the law.
The friend is taken to court by the police because he is currently being charged with theft and knife crime in prison.
The costs relate to the alleged theft of two coats in central Stockholm on July 19.
His most recent arrest came just days after he was released from prison for another theft – with sunglasses on – for which he was sentenced to 21 days in jail.
Both men are originally from Afghanistan. Jafari came to Iran in 2015 as an undocumented migrant from Iran. It is not clear when his friend arrived.
Renee Black, Mayer's mother, arrives at the court before her son takes the stand on Tuesday
Slobodan Jovicic, part of the Meyers legal team (back), arrives at the court where they say new evidence will be presented that shows that all the violence used was within the limits of the law
Carl Risch (center), US Assistant State Secretary for Consular Affairs, comes to justice after the case attracted international attention, including from President Donald Trump
Swedish prosecutors claim that the rapper nominated by Grammy and the two other suspects & # 39; intentionally, together and in accordance & # 39; Attacked Jafari on 30 June in central Stockholm.
The trial will take place in a secure courtroom because of the great interest of the media and the public, said the Stockholm court and noted that there will be no photos or film recordings during the proceedings.
Prosecutors claimed in more than 500 pages of court documents that the three suspects hit and kicked Jafari while on the ground and that he was hit by parts of or a whole bottle.
Prosecutors also said that Mayers pushed Jafari to the ground and the court documents contain countless photos of Jafari's cuts, bruises, and blood-stained clothing.
A video of last month's street fight turned out to be the American rapper and his security team throwing a man on the ground and beating and kicking him (video footage shown)
The Swedish police have released photos of injuries that Jafari claims to have sustained during the fight
This undated photo, made available by Swedish police through Swedish courts, shows an injury sustained by Mustafa Jafari, the alleged victim of a fight with rapper A $ AP Rocky on June 30, 2019. A Swedish prosecutor on Thursday, July 25 In 2019, rapper A $ AP accused Rocky of attacking the Stockholm fight in a case that caught the attention of fellow artists and US President Donald Trump. (Swedish police via Swedish court via AP)
Jafari showed police the extent of his injuries from the alleged attack, incurring cuts on his arms, legs and face
The rapper's lawyer, Martin Persson, told Swedish public broadcaster SVT on Monday that he would present the court with new evidence, including demonstrating that & # 39; no bottle was used to hit or injure someone & # 39; and that the force used & # 39; within the limits of the law. & # 39;
A lawyer for Jafari, Magnus Stromberg, told The Associated Press on Friday that the beating began when one of the guards of A $ AP Rocky & # 39; grabbed him (Jafari) by the neck and dragged & & # 39; and that Jafari did not provoke the attack.
The arrest of Mayer led Trump to intervene on behalf of the captured rapper and led to an unusual diplomatic spit when Swedish prosecutors sued the 30-year-old artist last week.
The case has also caught the attention of American celebrities such as Kim Kardashian West and Mayer's co-recording artists, including Sean & # 39; Diddy & # 39; Combs and Justin Bieber, and created the #JusticeForRocky movement shortly after the rapper's arrest.
A $ AP Rocky was accused of mistreatment in Sweden on Thursday, despite President Trump's personal plea against the Swedish prime minister to release the rapper. Pictured: video grabs of the fight, posted by the star nominated by Grammy
Trump claimed on Twitter that the US & # 39; does so much for Sweden, but it doesn't seem to work the other way around & # 39;
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