The man allegedly assaulted by rapper A$AP Rocky and two of his crew in Stockholm was kicked and hit with a bottle as he lay on the ground, Swedish prosecutors say.
The 500 pages of documents, obtained by The Associated Press on Friday, also included allegations that Rocky pushed Mustafa Jafari to the ground.
The Grammy-nominated rapper and the two other men ‘deliberately, together and in agreement’ attacked Mustafa Jafari, on June 30, prosecutors said.
Photos of Jafari’s cuts, stitches and bruises, as well as his bloodied clothes following the attack, are also being used as evidence in the Stockholm District Court documents.
A$AP Rocky (right) allegedly kicked Mustafa Jafari (left) while he was on the ground. Both are pictured in grabs of the showdown
A video of last month’s street brawl appeared to show the US rapper and his security team hurling a man to the ground and punching and kicking him (video footage pictured)
Photographs of Jafari’s flesh wounds are being used as evidence by Swedish prosecutors, who have charged Rocky with assault
Rocky, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, has said he acted in self-defense.
He has been in custody since July 3 and will remain in custody in Sweden until a trial starts on July 30.
If found guilty he could face up to two years in prison.
A lawyer for Jafari, Magnus Stromberg, said the alleged beating started when one of Rocky’s guards ‘grabbed him by the neck and dragged him away.’
Jafari didn’t provoke the assault, and ‘this situation has been very stressful for him,’ Stromberg said.
‘There was no reason, none whatsoever, for the use of such violence,’ he said.
Jafari suffered a bloodied injury to his elbow, lacerations to his arm, bruising to his chest and wounds to his face.
Rocky’s arrest prompted Donald Trump to intervene on behalf of the jailed rapper and sparked an unusual diplomatic spat when Swedish prosecutors charged the 30-year-old artist Thursday.
Trump posted two sharply worded tweets, calling on Sweden to ‘Treat Americans fairly!’ and criticizing Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, whom he had spoken with directly, ‘for being unable to act.’
He also accused Sweden of letting ‘our African American community down in the United States’.
Swedish politicians fired back at the President on Friday, with a government spokesman emphasizing the independence of the Swedish judicial system.
‘Sweden and Prime Minister Stefan Löfven have been very clear in the dialogue with both the White House and directly with the American president, that in Sweden everyone is equal before the law and that the government cannot interfere in legal proceedings,’ the spokesman said in a text message.
‘Political interference in the process is distinctly off limits! Clear?’ former prime minister Carl Bildt tweeted.
In a comment to the daily Aftonbladet, Bildt also praised Löfven for not commenting further on the case.
‘I think it’s right of the government not to go into a mud wrestling match with Trump. That is his element, and should not be Sweden’s,’ Bildt said.
Swedish politicians Friday fired back at US President Donald Trump (left), after he rowed with Prime Minister Stefan Löfven (right) over Sweden’s move on Thursday to press assault charges against American rapper A$AP Rocky. Trump and Löfven are pictured in March 2018
President Donald Trump has tweeted his support for A$AP Rocky, who has been jailed in Sweden since July 3, accusing Sweden of letting ‘down out African American Community’
Trump claimed on Twitter that the US does ‘so much for Sweden but it doesn’t seem to work the other way around’
Former Swedish Prime Minister Carl Bildt underlined the independence of the Swedish judiciary in a tweet
The charges against Rocky came despite pleas from Trump, lobbied by Kim Kardashian West and her husband Kanye West, to release the rapper.
Trump’s tweets on Thursday followed a White House meeting with Kardashian hours after the rapper was charged.
After Rocky’s detainment, the 38-year-old reality star-turned-political activist and Kanye reached out to presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner, who helped Trump to secure better prison conditions for the platinum-selling rapper.
Last week, Trump said he ‘personally vouched’ for A$AP Rocky’s bail in a phone call with Sweden’s prime minister, following a vow to secure the rapper’s release at the request of Kardashian and Kanye.
Trump tweeted that he had enjoyed a productive call with Löfven, revealing that the pair set to talk again after the weekend about Rocky’s legal woes.
‘Just had a very good call with @SwedishPM Stefan Löfven who assured me that American citizen A$AP Rocky will be treated fairly,’ Trump’s tweet began.
‘Likewise, I assured him that A$AP was not a flight risk and offered to personally vouch for his bail, or an alternative…. Our teams will be talking further, and we agreed to speak again in the next 48 hours.’
But Sweden does not have a bail system.
Kim Kardashian West arrived at the White House to meet Trump hours after A$AP Rocky was charged on Thursday
Kardashian, who is training to be a criminal lawyer, has lobbied the President for justice reform and to secure the rapper’s release
Trump tweeted that he had enjoyed a productive call with Stefan Löfven on Saturday morning, offering to vouch for Rocky’s bail. But Sweden does not have a bail system
Swedish Prime Minister Löfven earlier acknowledged that Trump ‘has a personal interest in the case’ and said he would welcome a conversation with the US president, but stressed that Rocky would not receive special treatment.
The rapper and the other two suspects, who have been described as members of his entourage, will remain in custody until trial which is expected to start on Tuesday.
Prosecutors recommended that the Stockholm District Court set aside three days for the trial.
‘I panicked and I got very scared. I was in shock,’ one of the suspects, who said he came from New York, told police. ‘I defended myself, I used violence… I found myself in a situation where I was scared for my life.’
On Thursday, Swedish prosecutor Daniel Suneson said he filed charges against the rapper and two other men ‘having come to the conclusion that the events in question constitute a crime and despite claims of self-defense and provocation’.
Footage of the fight showed the rapper and his entourage hurling a man to the ground and punching and kicking him on the floor.
Four men were arrested in the Scandinavian city, one of them, the rapper’s bodyguard, was later released.
Protesting his innocence, Rocky said he and his team were pursued and provoked by the two men who ‘kept following us’ for four blocks around the Swedish capital.
‘We don’t know these guys and we didn’t want trouble,’ he insisted.
His own video shared on Instagram showed an angry confrontation with the two men, one of whom accused the rapper’s entourage of breaking his headphones.
The rapper’s alleged victim was on Thursday named as Jafari, an Afghan immigrant who has a conviction for drugs.
Jafari told police he was left ‘gone’ [unconscious] after being hit on the head with bottles, which shattered.
He claimed he was then hit with the broken bottles and kicked on his head.
He showed officers wounds on both the right and left side of his head and on his legs. He said he believed his nose was broken.
A broken piece of a bottle allegedly used by the rapper’s crew to attack Jafari on the streets of Sweden
Jafari showed police the extent of his injuries from the alleged assault, in which he sustained cuts to his arms legs and face
Jafari is an Afghan immigrant who was allegedly assaulted by rapper A$AP Rocky in Stockholm
Rocky, also known by the pseudonym Lord Flacko, was in Stockholm to perform at the Smash hip-hop festival.
His arrest forced him to cancel a dozen shows scheduled as part of his Europe tour.
An online petition called #JusticeForRocky has garnered more than 620,000 signatures, and posters emblazoned with ‘Free ASAP Rocky ASAP’ have been put up around Stockholm.
Artists including Post Malone, Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, Nicki Minaj, Meek Mill and Justin Bieber have all voiced their support for Mayers, with rapper Tyler, the Creator saying he would no longer perform in Sweden.
Rapper Travis Scott shouted ‘Free Rocky’ during his performance at the Wireless Festival in London, a festival where ASAP Rocky was scheduled to perform.
The star’s lawyer, Alan Jackson, said: ‘President Trump has made bringing home unjustly held Americans a top priority for his administration. The State Department’s interest in the case gives us great hope for Rocky’s situation.
‘Secretary Pompeo and Ambassador O’Brien have been relentless in their diplomatic efforts on behalf of American citizens being held all over the world. Rocky’s millions of fans worldwide are putting their trust in the State Department to get Rocky home.’
Rocky was born in New York and had a breakthrough in 2011 with the release of the mixtape ‘Live. Love. A$AP’. He followed that up in 2013 with the debut album ‘Long. Live. A$AP’.