An investigation into the Swedish man allegedly involved in a brawl with U.S. rapper A$AP Rocky has been dropped, prosecutors and the man’s lawyer said Monday.
Magnus Stromberg, lawyer for the alleged victim, said his client is relieved but the decision was not unexpected. “He has been the subject of an assault, but he has not committed a crime,” Stromberg added.
A$AP Rocky was detained on July 3 and is preparing to start his third week behind bars accused of assault after his alleged involvement in the incident in Stockholm on June 30. The rapper’s lawyer, Slobodan Jovicic, says he was defending himself after being assaulted and that his client is innocent.
While Justin Bieber and President Donald Trump are among the global figures to have called for the release of the 30-year-old rapper, authorities in Sweden say they will not be swayed by international pressure.
“The Swedish judicial system is completely independent and does not take into consideration outside pressure from politicians or others,” a spokesman for the Swedish prosecution authority told CNN on Sunday.
And, while Trump has offered to personally vouch for the 30-year-old rapper’s bail, the bail system does not exist in Sweden.
It will be up to the prosecutor, Daniel Suneson, to decide by 4am ET Thursday whether A$AP Rocky — whose real name is Rakim Mayers — should be released, charged or kept in custody for longer. — (CNN)