A$AP Rocky has made his given his first performance since being released from Sweden earlier this month. He pleaded not guilty to assault at the beginning of his trial in Stockholm. Since video footage of an altercation first appeared online, the case has embroiled everyone from Donald Trump and Kanye West to Justin Bieber, Tyler, the Creator, and even Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven.
If found guilty, the New York rapper faces a maximum penalty of two years in prison. The assault charges relate to an incident that occurred on June 30. You can get all the details of the trial, here.
Below, we’ve logged a timeline of key events, including how celebrities and world leaders responded to the arrest, how the case is being treated by the authorities, and how the trial is proceeding.
August 14: A$AP Rocky has been convicted of assault
The official verdict for A$AP Rocky’s court case verdict is finally in and Rocky has been found guilty of assault. Rocky will serve no jail time, but he has received two years probation. He has also been ordered to pay 12500 SEK in total (approximately $1,302) to the victim, a fine that he will share with the other two convicted in the case.
Several hours after the news broke, he posted a statement about the assault conviction on his Instagram. He did not return to Sweden for the verdict.
August 11: Rocky opens up about the ‘scary, humbling experience’ of being in jail
On Sunday, Rocky performed at the Real Street Festival in Anaheim, California, marking his first gig since being released from Sweden. During the performance the 30-year-old rapper opened up about his incarceration, telling the crowd how humbled and grateful he continues to be for their unwavering support. He told the crowd, “God is good. People who ain’t even fuck with me felt sympathy. People was praying for me. That uplifted me when my spirits was low. That was crazy. Hip-hop never looked so strong together.”
August 2: A$AP Rocky freed will he awaits court verdict
A$AP Rocky has been released from custody while he awaits the judge’s verdict, which is to be announced August 14.
August 1: A$AP Rocky to give testimony
A$AP Rocky is expected to give testimony in court after the rapper pleaded not guilty to charges of aggravated assault at the start of the trial.
July 31: New footage emerges
Along with a range of photo evidence shown in court earlier this week, a new video clip has surfaced. It reportedly shows the moment that the confrontation in Stockholm got physical. In the clip, it appears that Jafari is being warned to step back and refuses. Another man said to be Rocky’s bodyguard then chokes and carries Jafari a number of steps. The clip surfaced via Swedish publication Expressen. Watch below.
July 30: A$AP Rocky’s trial begins
Prosecutors allege Rakim Mayers, aka A$AP Rocky, and two members of his entourage “deliberately, together, and in agreement” attacked the alleged victim, Mustafa Jafari, in the Swedish capital on June 30.
Rocky’s lawyer tells the court that the rapper “threw the plaintiff on the ground, that he stepped on his arm, and punched or pushed his shoulder,” but that it was a case of self-defense.
Politico reports that President Trump sent Robert O’Brien, the US special presidential envoy for hostage affairs, to Sweden for the trial. Ruth Newman, the spokeswoman for the US embassy in Stockholm, told Swedish news agency TT that O’Brien is present to “look after the wellbeing of American citizens, which is always our top priority.”
July 26: A$AP Rocky tells Swedish police his nickname is “Pretty Motherf*cker”
While being questioned about his involvement in the June 30 altercation, A$AP Rocky reportedly tells Swedish police that his nickname is “Pretty Motherf*cker.”
“Yes,” Rocky is reported to have said when asked if he had any nicknames, “Rocky, A$AP Rocky, Pretty Motherf*cker — I can’t think of any more.” He then went on to add that he is “paranoid of all strangers” due to events from his past, as well as his status as a celebrity.
July 25: President Trump tweets to #FreeRocky
After unsuccessfully convincing the Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven to release A$AP Rocky on bail, President Donald Trump takes to Twitter to reconvey his support for the rapper and demand his freedom while going off about Sweden not returning favors to the US.
July 25: A$AP Rocky is charged with assault
A$AP Rocky is officially charged with assault, according to the New York Times. In a statement, the public prosecutor says that “the events in question constitute a crime despite claims of self-defense and provocation.”
Rocky remains in detention until his trial, which under Swedish law has to take place within the following two weeks. Two of Rocky’s entourage also face trial. If convicted, Rocky could face a maximum two years in prison, as well as a fine based on his earnings.
July 25: Swedish official says A$AP Rocky’s prison is sanitary and that he has his own TV
While it was previously suggested that A$AP Rocky was being held in “inhumane conditions,” Anette Skeppar-Forström, deputy governor at the Kronoberg remand prison where Rocky is being held, says that the prison is newly renovated and that each room has a bed and mattress, as well as a desk and TV. She adds that inmates also have access to books and radio, and are able to spend up to five hours per day socializing with other detainees.
July 24: A$AP Ferg reports that Rocky is “in good spirits”
During a show, A$AP Mob member A$AP Ferg gives fans news about Rocky’s condition. In an Instagram post, the rapper reveals that he has been in contact with Rocky. “I spoke to my boy he’s in good spirits he just wanna get home,” Ferg wrote. “Waiting on that court date to see wassup.”
In response to the outpouring of support for Rocky, Ferg writes, “He sends his love! Thank y’all for all your support.” Check out the full message below.
July 22: Police end investigation into the man filmed harassing A$AP Rocky before alleged assault
The man shown harassing A$AP Rocky and his crew in a video released online by Rocky is no longer under investigation, both prosecutors and the man’s lawyer confirm to CNN. “He has been the subject of an assault, but he has not committed a crime,” his lawyer says.
Prosecutors will have until 4 a.m. local time Thursday, July 25 to decide if they’ll charge Rocky with a crime, release him, or keep him detained for longer.
In an interview with TMZ, Rocky’s mother Renee Black says she feels that Sweden is making an example out of Rocky, calling the affair “so unjust.” Asked whether she feels the country has a vendetta against rappers and successful black people, she replies, “I don’t want to play the race card, but that’s what it’s looking like. If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it’s a duck.” Watch above.
July 20: Swedish prosecution extends A$AP Rocky’s detention
A$AP Rocky‘s two-week jail time is up, but the Swedish prosecution’s request to hold the rapper for longer while it continues its investigation is granted, the BBC reports. Rocky will stay in a Swedish jail for at least another week.
President Trump claims to have spoken with the Swedish Prime Minister Löfven and offered to personally vouch for Rocky’s bail. Sweden does not have a bail system.
Shortly after Trump’s tweet, Justin Bieber also takes to Twitter, stating that while Rocky’s case is important, the President should release children incarcerated on the US southern border. “Can you also let those kids out of cages?” Bieber asks, referencing the migrant children being held in cage-like structures by the US government.
July 19: Kanye West convinces President Trump to help free A$AP Rocky
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West enlist the help of President Trump to join the Free Rocky movement. In a tweet, Trump announces that he has spoken with West and will now be contacting Prime Minister Löfven to see what can be done about Rocky’s detention.
July 13: Members of US Congress demand A$AP Rocky’s release
US politicians from the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) join the Free Rocky movement. Representative Hakeem Jeffries of New York tells TMZ that the CBC is pushing for the rapper’s release. He also echoes that sentiment on Twitter.
July 12: The preliminary investigation continues
According to a press statement issued by the Swedish Prosecution Authority, a preliminary investigation into the case concerning the aggrieved party, who is suspected of molestation and assault, is underway.
Fox News also reports that Swedish law enforcement raided the hotel room of Rocky’s longtime manager John Ehmann. An insider told Fox that Ehmann “was completely taken aback” by the raid and “had no idea what this was about.”
July 10: A$AP Rocky’s European dates are canceled
Sónar festival, which takes place in Barcelona, Spain, announces via Instagram that Rocky’s scheduled July 19 performance has been canceled, as well as all of his other European shows. The news arrives after the rapper’s management issued the following statement: “A$AP Rocky is being detained in a Swedish jail for an unknown period of time for acting in self-defense during an altercation that took place. Due to this unfortunate situation he is forced to cancel his European festival and tour dates in July.”
Fans in Poland, the UK, Spain, Russia, Germany, Belgium, Ukraine, and Italy will miss his scheduled shows.
July 9: A petition calling to free A$AP Rocky from “inhumane” jail is launched
A group called #JusticeForRocky launches a petition on Change.org urging Swedish officials to free the rapper from jail. That petition has 317,000 signatures as of early July 10.
The petition claims Rocky is being held in “inhumane conditions,” something sources had first suggested to TMZ. According to the gossip site’s sources, a US Consulate official visited Rocky in jail and said, “Walking into that place was like walking into a toilet.”
SPIN also reports that the US Department of State is monitoring Rocky’s situation. “We are aware of the arrest of a US citizen in Stockholm,” a spokesperson revealed in a statement. “We take seriously our responsibility to assist US citizens abroad and are actively monitoring the situation.”
July 8: A$AP Rocky’s appeal to the Swedish High Court is rejected
Rocky appeals his two-week detention, arguing that he is not a flight risk. Despite appeals by fans and celebrities, the court rejects his appeal. His European tour continues to be put on hold. The decision leads fellow musicians Tyler, the Creator and ScHoolboy Q to claim they will boycott Sweden.
July 7: A$AP Rocky misses Wireless Festival in the UK
July 6: A$AP Mob members claim A$AP Rocky is being held in solitary confinement
July 4: A$AP Rocky misses Poland’s Open’er Festival
British grime artist Stormzy fills in as headliner in Rocky’s stead.
July 5: A$AP Rocky is to be held in Stockholm for at least another two weeks
A Swedish court rules that the rapper is a flight risk and must be detained in Stockholm for two weeks while the charge is investigated.
July 3: A$AP Rocky is arrested and the news spreads
TMZ reports that “the rapper voluntarily went to the police Tuesday night for questioning and was immediately taken into custody.” International media starts reporting on the arrest.
July 2: A$AP Rocky shares his own footage, performs at SMASH, and is arrested
In a bid to take control of the narrative, the rapper posts a video on Instagram depicting events leading up to the altercation, suggesting the person seen being attacked in the video had been harassing Rocky’s group and others. The accompanying caption read, “HITS SECURITY IN FACE WITH HEADPHONES THEN FOLLOW US.” Rocky performs at SMASH that evening before being taken into custody by police after the show.
July 1: Footage from the altercation begins to circulate
Footage initially surfaces on Reddit and is later posted by TMZ. The clip shows four men, one of whom appears to be A$AP Rocky, attacking an unidentified person.
June 30: An altercation takes place in Stockholm
Local Swedish media outlets report that a “world-renowned star” has been involved in an altercation and that police were called. The incident happens before Rocky’s appearance at SMASH festival in Stockholm.
June 26: A$AP Rocky begins his European tour
Having been on his “Injured Generation” tour since the start of the year, Rakim Mayers aka A$AP Rocky begins what should be a string of performances throughout Europe.