A Swedish judge ruled today that A$AP Rocky—who has been held by Swedish authorities for about a month on assault charges—could be freed while he awaits a verdict on his trial, which is expected to arrive in two weeks. The rapper, along with two codefendants Bladimir Corniel and David Rispers, was released from jail and is en route back to the U.S., as the judge ruled they do not have to remain in Sweden while they await the verdict.
Rocky is accused of throwing, punching, and kicking a 19-year-old man, Mustafa Jafari, in Stockholm in June. The rapper claims it was self-defense, and that Jafari had been following him and his codefendants while refusing to leave them alone. Prosecutors argued Rocky should be found guilty of assault and sentenced to six months in jail, saying the rapper had “no justification” for attacking the man. The rapper took the stand yesterday to testify, where he told the jury, “We didn’t want to provoke these guys. We just wanted to get away from them. Next thing I know, my security guard was lifting one of them,” Rocky said, adding that the situation “got a little scary.”
The rapper’s arrest last month was met with outcry from many fans and celebrities alike, ranging from Justin Bieber to President Donald Trump, who, according to the New York Times, even went as far as sending his special envoy for hostage affairs to the trial. “A$AP Rocky released from prison and on his way home to the United States from Sweden,” Trump tweeted today. “It was a Rocky Week, get home ASAP A$AP!” (How punny of him.) Earlier this month, Bieber took issue with Trump’s preoccupation with freeing Rocky, writing. “I want my friend out.. I appreciate you trying to help him. But while your [sic] at it @realDonaldTrump can you also let those kids out of cages?” Bieber asked, taking aim at the migrant children crisis currently occurring at the border.
Originally Appeared on Vogue