A$AP Rocky instructed a Swedish court docket Thursday he was “scared” and desperately tried to keep away from a combat final month within the capital of Stockholm.
The Harlem-born rapper is standing trial for allegedly beating 19-year-old Mustafa Jafari on a metropolis road on June 30. Two different suspects are additionally charged.
Rocky, whose actual identify is Rakim Mayers, testified for the primary time on the second day of the proceedings in Stockholm District Courtroom, saying that Jafari and a pal refused to depart his entourage alone and believed they have been “under the influence of some kind of drug.”
The rapper stated his crew was approached as he was making an attempt to obtain an app to make use of an electrical scooter.
“Things got a little weird. We thought that the behavior of these guys was strange, it got a bit scary,” Rocky, donning an all-green inmate’s outfit, testified within the packed court docket, based on CNN.
Rocky continued: “After a while, my security guard started pushing him away, begging him to leave, go from there,” based on The Related Press.
The 30-year-old, two-time Grammy-nominated artist stated that he and his crew simply wished to “de-escalate” the state of affairs.
“Me and my crew told them that, ‘listen, don’t go where we are going, go the other way, we don’t want any trouble,’” stated Rocky.
“I assumed that these guys were under the influence of some kind of drug,” he stated.
Rocky stated that he and his entourage have been adopted by the alleged sufferer and his buddy.
“At this point we are really scared. 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,” the rapper testified, based on CNN.
“I wanted to go straight to the hotel for safety. I didn’t want this to happen,” Rocky stated, based on the information outlet. “We had no clue where we were, we just knew we weren’t close to the hotel.”
Quickly after, a full-on road brawl broke out, and prosecutors cost that Rocky — together with two different males charged within the incident, Bladimir Emilio Corniel and David Tyrone Rispers — beat Jafari and hit him elements of or an entire bottle.
Rocky, who has been held by police since July 3, has insisted he acted in self-defense.
If convicted, Rocky could be sentenced to as much as two years in jail.
With Put up wires