Rapper A$AP Rocky and two other American suspects were temporarily freed from a Swedish jail and planned to head back to the United States on Friday, Aug. 2, as judges mull over a verdict in the assault case against them. The Stockholm District Court released the 30-year-old rapper, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, as well as David Rispers Jr. and Bladimir Corniel until Aug. 14—when a verdict is expected in the case. They are accused of beating 19-year-old Mustafa Jafari on June 30 outside a fast-food restaurant in central Stockholm.
President Trump tweeted on Friday after hearing the news—President Trump said:
The three suspects were seen hugging each other at the courthouse after they learned they would be released as some of the public gathered inside the courthouse loudly cheered.
Mayers’s mother, Renee Black, who was present throughout the court proceedings, was with her son when he was released. A private plane was waiting at the Stockholm Arlanda Airport to transport the suspects and Black back to the United States Friday evening, according to the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet.
Mayers shared an emotional post on Instagram after he was released, thanking his fans for their support during this “very difficult and humbling experience.”
U.S. Special Envoy Ambassador Robert O’Brien was sent to monitor A$AP Rocky’s assault trial. O’Brien who spoke to media after the trial said it was a great day for Rocky, Vladimir, and David. O’Brien had the chance to visit them while they were in jail. He said they showed a lot of grace and a lot of dignity and their demeanor in court was outstanding, “under very trying circumstances.” O’Brien said he was proud of all three of them and President Trump was also ‘pleased’ with the result.
O’Brien told reporters “Tonight was a great night for Rocky and David and Vladimir, a wonderful night for their families, who are reunited now with their kids, with their sons. And I think it’s a it’s actually a very good night for the United States of America and for the Kingdom of Sweden. So tonight, tonight’s a good night.”
A$AP Rocky pleaded not guilty to beating a 19-year-old man in Stockholm on June 30.