ASAP Rocky has thanked his fans and friends following his release from jail, pending the verdict in his assault case in Stockholm, Sweden.
He also thanked the Stockholm District Court for allowing him to be reunited with his family and return to the US while they wait for its ruiling.
”Thank you from the bottom of my heart to all of my fans, friends and anyone across the globe who supported me during these last few weeks. I can't begin to describe how grateful I am for all of you. This has been a very difficult and humbling experience. I want to thank to court for allowing me, Bladi and Thoto to return to our family and friends. Thanks again for all the love and support”, ASAP Rocky wrote in an Instagram post.https://www.instagram.com/p/B0rAYCoHwUM/
His mother Renee Black, who could be seen breaking down in tears as she hugged her son in court on Friday, spoke to Expressen's Thomas Kvarnkullen following his release.
– I have no words to express my feelings right now. Everything feels so right. I am so thankful for all the support we have received, she said.
– I don't even remember what I said when I hugged him because tears of joy were rolling down my cheeks.
ASAP has been writing new music in prison
The US rapper, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, cheered and hugged his co-accused – two of his friends – at Stockholm District Court on Friday evening.
Speaking to Expressen following his release, his lawyer Slobodan Jovicic revealed ASAP Rocky has been writing new music during his time in prison.
He is due to have his first concert post-release in the Netherlands, on August 16.
Among those quick to congratulate ASAP Rocky were US president Donald Trump, who wrote an pun-filled tweet to celebrate the good news.
”It was a Rocky Week, get home ASAP A$AP!”, the president tweeted.https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1157345692517634049
Rapper and friends may still go to jail
The verdict in the case will be announced on August 14.
As the court ruled that ASAP Rocky does not need to remain in prison in the meantime, he and his two friends will be free to return to the United States with immediate effect.
If ASAP Rocky and his co-accused are found guilty, they may face a shorter prison sentence.
During his closing argument on Friday afternoon, prosecutor Daniel Suneson asked the court for a six month sentence for each of the accused.
ASAP's security gave evidence
The third and final day of the US rapper's trial saw his security guard speak about the moment they were approached by the 19-year-old accusing him of assault on June 30.
The security guard told the court the 19-year-old began harrassing him outside a fastfood restaurant in central Stockholm as he was walking by with ASAP Rocky and his friends.
– His eyes were blank, as if he was on something. He only wanted trouble and only wanted to harass.
The security guard describes how the 19-year-old began throwing punches at his face, but missed.
– That's when he got angry and hostile. He took off his headphones and threw them at me. I caught them, and cut my fingers. It was bleeding pretty heavily.
He says he told the 19-year-old ”six or seven times” to leave the group alone and stop following them.
As the verbal argument continued, a group of women approached, telling ASAP Rocky that the 19-year-old and his friend, aged 20, molested them.
– I guess he [the plaintiff] didn’t like what they said, he must’ve gotten mad and aimed punches at me.
– That’s when Rocky came to my defence, because he saw that it was now two-to-one.
When asked why ASAP Rocky would need to defend his own security guard, he replied that he did so because ”he is a man with a good heart and my boss”.
Rapper claims ”kicking and punching” was self defence
During questioning in court on Thursday, ASAP Rocky, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, admitted to ”kicking and punching or shoving” the 19-year-old, however he maintains it was self defence.
ASAP Rocky said in his testimony how he became ”scared and shocked” when the plaintiff, who is small in stature, attacked his security guard, a tall and physically imposing man.
– He seemed to be completely without fear, ASAP Rocky said.
The teenage victim, an Afghan citizen who came to Sweden as an unaccompanied minor from Iran in 2015, has demanded 139 700 SEK – around $14 630 – in damages.
A breakdown of the damages claim shows he is asking for 40 000 SEK for the aggrievance caused, 40 000 SEK for injuries (physical and mental), 10 000 SEK for loss of income and 49,700 SEK for ”damages to his appearance” as a result of his injuries.
ASAP could get record payout from Sweden
ASAP Rocky claims the assault was self-defence, and should he be acquitted, the Swedish state will have a record lawsuit on their hands.
As damages are calculated based on loss of income, and ASAP Rocky has been forced to cancel his European tour, his legal team has already deemed his losses to be at least $1.65million.
ASAP's potential payout would become the highest ever in relation to time in Swedish criminal history.
However, during Friday's court proceedings, ASAP Rocky's and his co-accused's defence lawyers said none of the three Americans are looking for any money from the Swedish state.