UPDATED 8/3, 10:30 a.m. ET: The Associated Press and L.A. TV stations report that Rocky departed Sweden on Friday and landed in Los Angeles International Airport late the same night. He was seen coming out of a private jet with a group of people.
TMZ, which has some distant footage of Rocky chilling in the private terminal parking lot, reports he "was ecstatic ... smiling, taking pics with folks, hugging people. He actually stayed in the private terminal parking lot for around 45 minutes, talking and joking most of the time."
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Following a gruelingly long day in court Friday, a judge has announced that ASAP Rocky and his co-defendants in the controversial Sweden assault cause can be released ahead of the announcement later this month of a final verdict.
The move comes at the end of the third day of trial proceedings, with multiple breaks initiated during Friday's testimonies and other comments from both sides, a discourse that again saw the topic of bottles allegedly used by one of the parties brought to the forefront.
Per reporter Maddy Savage, who's provided continuous and reliable updates on the trial all week, a final verdict will be announced Aug. 14. Per attorney comments, Rocky and the others are not required to remain in Sweden.
#ASAPRocky judge says verdict will be announced on 14 August 2019. The suspects DO NOT need to remain in custody until then— Maddy Savage (@maddysavage) August 2, 2019
Renee Black, ASAP Rocky's mom, "There is a God," on hearing they're released pending the verdict. Rocky's lawyer said they don't need to stay in Sweden— Alex Marshall (@alexmarshall81) August 2, 2019
We don’t know for sure if #ASAPRocky will choose to leave Sweden, but he has the right to. He mentioned in court today that there were some Swedish artists he would like to meet. https://t.co/zSsypFoXat— Maddy Savage (@maddysavage) August 2, 2019
Rocky's bodyguard also testified Friday, echoing previous in-court and social media comments from Rocky in which the incident was characterized as an act of self-defense in the face of what Rocky and his team have called a fearful situation.
More fans than we’ve seen all week are outside Stockholm District court, to support #ASAPRocky on what’s expected to be the final day of his trial. I’ll have the latest on @BBCNewsbeat at 1245 UK time https://t.co/YVwFidyWYm pic.twitter.com/ct38ZljbKt— Maddy Savage (@maddysavage) August 2, 2019
Amid the weeks-long controversy, an assortment of fellow artists—including Post Malone, T.I., and Tyler, the Creator—either called for Rocky's immediate release and/or threatened to boycott Sweden on future tour routings.
Earlier Friday, it was said that the judge was advising for Rocky and the co-defendants to be given at least a six-month sentence for the alleged assault, with closing arguments from the prosecution suggesting the June 30 incident with Mustafa Jafari in Stockholm was deliberate. Rocky's defense, however, strongly pushed back against this with reiterated arguments of self-defense.
During his testimony earlier this week, Rocky noted how "strange" it was that the assault accuser approached him and his team.
"Their behavior was very weird and we didn't know what to expect and it got a little scary for us," Rocky told the court.
Rocky's temporary freedom from the situation was more notably celebrated by actual friends, collaborators, and fans Friday:
ROCKY FREE ‼️— FREE WILLY 🐋🌊 (@MikeWiLLMadeIt) August 2, 2019
Rocky also shared a message thanking everyone for their support through this "very difficult and humbling experience."