Stockholm, Sweden – A$AP Rocky was in a Swedish courtroom on Tuesday (July 30) to face assault charges, according to TMZ. The A$AP Mob founder’s mother, Renee Black, made the trek to Stockholm to support her son and had to fend off reporters and photographers as she approached the courthouse.
During the proceedings, Rocky’s attorney Slobodan Jovicic entered a plea of not guilty on his client’s behalf. He maintains Rocky acted in self-defense and referred to alleged victim Mustafa Jafari as a “storyteller.”
Jovicic plans to interrogate Jafari when it’s his turn to take the witness stand on Thursday (August 1). Jovicic said in court Rocky neither kicked nor punched Jafari as he was on the ground. He explained Rocky only took action when he felt his bodyguard was being threatened.
Reporter Oscar Schau, who was in the courtroom to cover the hearing, said Rocky sat silently and watched Jafari as he gave his testimony. Jafari testified he believed Rocky and his entourage were going to kill him. He also claimed since the incident he has recurring nightmares and the injuries to his hands have left him unable to work.
Jovicic says Rocky’s legal team is expected to call two witnesses to the stand — the bodyguard and another person who “saw something interesting.” He believes Rocky has been living under a “dark cloud” of this case and his team feels confident there is video footage other than the initial street fight to paint the entire picture.
Rocky was arrested on July 2 after turning himself in to Swedish authorities. In the wake of the arrest, several of his peers have showed their support for the celebrated rapper, including T.I., Tyler, The Creator and ScHoolboy Q.
If convicted, Rocky could face up to two years in prison, but prosecutors have revealed they won’t seek the full sentence if he’s found guilty.