A$AP Rocky has been spotted smiling as he arrived back in the US after a month in a Swedish jail following his involvement in a street brawl that two others were also held for.
The 30-year-old rapper – real name Rakim Mayers – was spotted wearing a designer head scarf over his twisted hair as he arrived on American soil in the early hours of Saturday and his friends loaded luggage into SUVs.
He’d taken an overnight flight on a private jet from Arlanda airport after he left Stockholm District Court on Friday with his attorney Martin Persson.
While locked up with co-defendants – David Rispers Jr and Bladimir Corniel – David’s mother Nikita Rispers had claimed on a GoFundMe page that her son was ‘sleeping on a yoga mat with no duvet for blankets’.
She claimed: ‘In the cell next to Rocky, there is a prisoner with severe mental issues who slams his head against the hard cell wall. The next cell prisoner allegedly hurls feces, which doesn’t get cleaned up.’
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A$AP Rocky was spotted smiling at Los Angeles International Airport Saturday
After they landed his group of friends hung around talking and laughing in celebration
Rapper is spotted using his cell phone after arriving on US soil following a month behind bars
The group waited for about 15 minutes inside the airport before emerging outside
After they landed, his group of friends stayed inside the airport for about 15 minutes before emerging.
But they were in no rush to leave and hung around talking and laughing in celebration for about 45 minutes outside.
After his Friday release Mayers expressed how grateful he was for Senior District Court Judge Per Lennerbrant’s decision.
He wrote on Instagram: ‘Thank you from the bottom of my heart to all my fans, friends and anyone across the globe who supported me during these last few weeks. I can’t begin to describe how grateful I am for all of you.
‘This has been a very difficult and humbling experience. I want to thank you the court for allowing me, Bladi and Thoto to return to our family and friends. Thanks again for all the love and support.’
A$AP Rocky (right) will not return to Sweden according to a source. The rapper is seen Friday celebrating his release from jail in Stockholm after a month. His lawyer Martin Persson is pictured center
A private jet lands at Arlanda airport, Sweden to pick up U.S. rapper A$AP Rocky, after he was released from custody, pending the verdict of his June street brawl assault trial
The music artist is not the only star who is avoiding Sweden. Snoop Dogg and Quavo have done the same after trouble with police. His plane takes off Friday in the picture
The F***n’ Problems hitmaker does not have to be present in the Swedish capital to hear the verdict on his assault charge August 14 and a source has told TMZ that he’ll be avoiding the country in future.
He had been detained July 3 after the June 30 incident and had told a court as he persuaded them he wasn’t a flight risk that he wanted to meet with Swedish music artists.
But on Friday prosecutors said that he should be jailed for six months as they summed up their evidence at the end of his assault trial.
It was argued Mayers and two co-accused – David Rispers Jr and Bladimir Corniel – ‘used more violence than was needed’ apparently trying to break up a brawl involving the plaintiff, 19-year-old Mustafa Jafari.
However, Mayers’ mother claimed last month that the arrest may have been racially motivated, telling TMZ that she can’t help but consider it a factor: ‘If it walks like a duck and it quacks like a duck, then it’s a duck.’
Mayers follows in the footsteps of Snoop Dogg who also opted to dodge Sweden after his DUI arrest in Uppsala in 2015. He claimed he was not driving.
Rapper Quavo also revealed last month in the wake of A$AP Rocky’s detainment that he was held on the ground and almost arrested shortly after arriving in Sweden. He has vowed not to return.
A verdict will be delivered in the trial on August 14. Mayers said Friday: ‘This has been a very difficult and humbling experience’ as he thanked fans and the court
Renee Black (R), mother of ASAP Rocky, previously said the arrest may have been racially motivated. She is seen leaving the district court in Stockholm, Sweden Friday
Mayers and two co-accused – David Rispers Jr (right) and Bladimir Corniel (left) – walked Friday
Accused Bladimir Corniel was grinning just as much as Mayers on Friday as he left the court
Timothy Williams, bodyguard to A$AP Rocky who was initially arrested but later released, leaves court
US President Donald Trump – who had asked the Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven to release Mayers but was denied – was happy with the decision and made puns about the New York musician’s stage name.
Trump tweeted: ‘A$AP Rocky released from prison and on his way home to the United States from Sweden. It was a Rocky Week, get home ASAP A$AP!’
Musician Tyler, the Creator also shared his glee and posted a screen shot of his video chat with Mayers. He captioned it: ‘Rakim is coming home!!!’
The US Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs, Robert C. O’Brien, was sent to attend the trial at Stockholm District Court.
The case has also drawn the attention of celebrities, including Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs and Justin Bieber, and a social media campaign has been pressing for the rapper’s release.
Around 20 fans gathered outside the courthouse Friday, shouting ‘Free Rocky’ and ‘Free Flacko,’ invoking the 30-year-old rapper’s different nicknames while playing the Praise the Lord rapper’s music over loudspeakers.
An online petition called #JusticeForRocky garnered more than 640,000 signatures and social media campaigns have urged fans of the New York musician to boycott Swedish brands such as IKEA.
The court allocated an extra room to accommodate the public wanting to watch through a video link. The courtroom gallery is reserved for media and the defendants’ families.
Fans celebrate outside the courthouse after the news that A$AP Rocky will be released on the third day of the A$AP Rocky assault trial
US President was happy with the verdict and joked for A$AP to ‘get home ASAP’
Musician Tyler, the Creator also shared his glee and posted a screen shot of his video chat with Mayers. He captioned it: ‘Rakim is coming home!!!’
Mayers’ mother Renee Black, broke down in tears as she hugged her son in court.
‘I have no words to express my feelings right now. Everything feels so right. I am so thankful for all the support we have received,’ she told Expressen. ‘I don’t even remember what I said when I hugged him because tears of joy were rolling down my cheeks.’
Mayers’ lawyer Slobodan Jovicic said he had been writing music while behind bars and is due to have his first concert after the trial in the Netherlands on August 16.
The accused admit getting into a fight with Jafari, but say they acted in self-defense because he would not stop harassing them.
Prosecutor Daniel Suneson told the court in his closing arguments that the accused did not seem ‘scared’ like he had claimed, and argued that there was never a need for self-defense.
‘I don’t see how anything but prison is up for discussion,’ Suneson said. ‘The court should reach the conclusion that the assault… should have a penalty of about six months.’
The prosecution says that after an argument, Mayers threw Jafari to the ground, after which he and two of his entourage kicked and punched the teenager. In his testimony, Jafari said he was also hit on the head with a bottle after he followed Mayers’ group to retrieve his headphones.
Mayers acknowledged in court on Thursday that he threw Jafari to the ground and punched and kicked him, but said the teenager had attacked his bodyguard. He said he had tried to avoid the fight and denied hitting Jafari with a bottle.
Trump repeatedly asked the Swedish Prime Minister to help free Mayers but Sweden’s judiciary is independent of the political system and Lofven said he would not influence the case.
The trio was free despite the prosecution claiming they ‘used more violence than was needed’ as he tried to break up a brawl in Stockholm. Pictured, left, is video from the day of the brawl. Right is the man accusing them of assault
During the day, two women who initially told police they had seen Rocky use a bottle in the brawl admitted that they hadn’t seen it – and had only heard the glass break
A video of the brawl shows ASAP Rocky throwing a man to the floor and punching him, but footage released by the rapper himself shows two men following him and throwing the first blow at his security
The prosecution was adamant the musician be locked up until the verdict.
‘We have three people who throw out punches and kicks against a person who is lying down,’ Suneson said. ‘Their violence is clearly indefensible.’
‘These three should be found guilty of assault, I have disproved their argument of self-defense,’ Suneson said, according to Swedish site Expressen.
‘It cannot have been self defense as they were five against two’, he added, indicating that Rocky was accompanied by his bodyguard and another person while Jafari was only accompanied by friend Dawod Hosseini.
The prosecutor spoke after a final day of witness testimony which focused on whether or not a bottle was used in the brawl.
Dave Rispers Sr. arrives at the courthouse during the third day of the assault trial
Robert C. OBrien, special envoy sent by Donald Trump, arrives at Stockholm District Court
During the day, two women who initially told police they had seen Rocky use a bottle in the brawl admitted that they hadn’t seen it – and had only heard the glass break.
She said she heard the bottle being crushed, though she couldn’t say whether Mayers’ entourage threw the bottle to the ground or hit Jafari with it.
Mayers has admitted that he and his friends picked up bottles, but said they only did it to stop Jafari getting hold of them and put them down moments later.
One witness mentioned him being hit with a bottle five times according to a police report.
‘Everything happened very quickly. We were scared for our lives,’ the first anonymous woman told the court in Swedish. ‘He (Jafari) was bleeding. He showed his injuries on his hand. He also said he had a sore back.’
The plaintiff is demanding 139,000 krona in damages, which is about $14,500, however the defense has claimed that’s too much.
Jafarai is an Afghan citizen who traveled to Sweden as an unaccompanied minor from Iran in 2015, and the amount he is demanding is for loss of income, damages to his appearance plus physical and mental injuries.
Mayersis estimated to have lost $1.65million due to cancel tour dates but he told the court he did not plan on claiming the money back from the country because he could easily make it back himself.
A$AP Rocky said he would accept community service as he argued he’s not a flight risk, stating: ‘You know my address, you know my lawyer’s address…I’m into charity work.’
Jafari’s co-worker testified he hasn’t been able to sleep since the incident.
Testimony focused on whether bottle was used during brawl between rapper’s entourage and 19-year-old Mustafa Jafari in Stockholm on June 30. A$AP Rocky is pictured September 2018
People waiting in line to enter the courthouse during the third day of the Rocky assault trial
Mayers’ jailing caused celebrity outcry and a diplomatic rift between Sweden and the US.
When Mayers arrived in court for the third day of the trial he was dressed in a dark suit instead of the green prison clothes he had worn in court on Tuesday and Thursday.
The court first discussed whether a new piece of evidence submitted by the defense should be accepted.
It concerned a previous assault conviction against the plaintiff, which the defense argued spoke to the plaintiff’s reliability and previous behavior, but the prosecution said was irrelevant since the plaintiff and the accused had not met before the night in question.
The two women then testified via video-link, before 20-year-old Dawod Hosseini, who was with Jafari when the attack happened, took the stand.
According to Expressen, Hosseini said Jafari approached and told him that he had been in a fight with a security guard, and that the pair went back to confront him.
Hosseini said that, after a brief altercation, he ran away because he thought the group were holding bottles and expected Jafari to follow him.
However, when he looked back Jafari was being thrown on the ground.
Hosseini admitted to being unable to remember parts of the altercation because he was on tranquilizers at the time.
Slobodan Jovicic, attorney for A$AP Rocky, arrives on the final day of his trial
Timothy Williams, Mayers’s security guard, was also questioned – telling the court that it was clear from the beginning that there was ‘something wrong’ with Jafari.
He said he could tell what language he was speaking and his eye were ‘really glossy’.
‘I knew something’s not right about him. I’m noticing it because I’m a bodyguard,’ Williams said in English. ‘And now, I’m looking at him like, “Yo, what’s wrong with you?” I’m looking at him and saw that his eyes were really glossy, like he’s on something.’
Williams then went on to explain the details of the brawl, explaining how he grabbed Jafari by the shoulders and took him away from Mayers and the rest of his crew.
At one point, Williams said that Jafari began throwing punches at him and that’s when Mayers decided to intervene.
Asked why a person would chose to defend their security guard, Williams responds that ‘he is a man with a good heart’.
When giving his own account of the events leading up to the brawl on Thursday, the rapper stressed that he and his entourage had repeatedly told the plaintiff to leave them alone.
The plaintiff has alleged that he was attacked by Mayers and his entourage when he followed them to ask about a pair of headphones that were broken in an earlier scuffle with the rapper’s bodyguard.
Much of the trial has centered around analyzing videos.
In one video published by US celebrity news outlet TMZ, the rapper can be seen throwing a young man to the ground and apparently aiming several punches at him while he is down.
The court has also been shown videos posted on the artist’s Instagram account, purporting to show the lead up to the brawl in which Mayers appears to repeatedly ask the man and his friend to stop following him and his entourage. The prosecution has argued that the Instagram videos were heavily edited.
A witness for the prosecution said A$AP threw the plaintiff to the ground and he was seen bleeding by a wall afterwards. The witness could not recall any violence before that moment.
Swedish media also reported Thursday that the US embassy had sent a request to the Swedish Prosecutor General, to allow the rapper and the two others to stay in a hotel rather than in the remand prison where they are currently being held.
‘We responded that’s not how it works in Sweden,’ Karin Rosander, communications director at the Swedish Prosecution Authority, told the newspaper Expressen.