*A$AP Rocky’s high-profile trial in Sweden began Tuesday in Stockholm, where the rapper reportedly pleaded not guilty to assaulting an Afghan migrant who was caught on camera harassing the American artist and his crew.
Prosecutors allege that Rocky (real name Rakim Mayers) and two friends committed an unprovoked assault on Mustafa Jafari, 19, who reportedly demanded some $15,000 in damages at the opening of the trial for injuries he says were caused during the alleged attack on June 30.
Newly surfaced footage was shown in court on Tuesday, featuring the moment Rocky’s bodyguard grabbed the Jafari’s throat after he continued to harass them as they walked through downtown Stockholm. But, as noted by TMZ, “the video also presents a flaw in the prosecution’s case,” the outlet writes.
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This video was captured before the street brawl broke out, AND before the alleged victim, Mustafa Jafari, threw a punch at the bodyguard. It’s pretty brutal … the massive hired muscle grabs Jafari by his throat, lifts him off the ground and tosses him down the street.
What’s puzzling is … why clear the bodyguard?
Prosecutors say the guy was acting in self-defense when he hurled his headphones at Rocky’s bodyguard, cutting his head.
Here’s the bizarre part … the bodyguard has already been CLEARED by Swedish authorities. So, on the one hand the bodyguard acted appropriately, and on the other he incited the violence and caused the other guy to act in self-defense. In other words, it doesn’t make sense.
A$AP is reportedly being held in solitary confinement without any visitation or call privileges, and facing up to six years in prison if convicted. TMZ reported that he’s jailed inside an alleged “disease-ridden” facility. .
The outlet also points out…
When prosecutors announced Jafari would not be charged for punching the bodyguard, they said he was acting in self-defense. Sooo, if he’s defending himself, why not charge the guy attacking him? Especially when there’s such clear video evidence like this.
A$AP’s lawyers will cross-examine Jafari Thursday when the trial resumes.