New evidence regarding A$AP Rocky's assault case has surfaced.
In a video uploaded by TMZ today (July 31), A$AP's bodyguard is seen choking alleged victim, Mustafa Jafari. The news outlet reports that the video was captured prior to the street brawl that broke out in Sweden. In the video, Rocky's bodyguard lifts Jafari off the ground and tosses him down the street. Prosecutors stated that Jafari would not face any charges because he was acting in self-defense.
Yesterday (July 30), Jafari took the stand and informed the court that he thought he was going to die. Jafari explained that the attack caused nightmares and injuries that prevent him from working. He also argued that the viral video of the street brawl damages his reputation. Before the trial wrapped up, the 19-year-old victim reiterated that he was not on drugs during the fight despite reports that state otherwise.
Rocky has pleaded not guilty to the assault charge. If convicted, he is looking at up two years in Swedish prison. During Rocky's trial yesterday (July 30), President Donald Trump sent an envoy, Robert C. O'Brien, to be present during the rapper's trial.
"The president asked me to come here and support these American citizens," Mr. O'Brien told The New York Times. "I'll be here until they come home."
This isn't the first time that Trump has expressed interest in Rocky's case. After Rocky was charged with assault, Trump shared on Twitter how disappointed he was with the decision.
"Very disappointed in Prime Minister Stefan Löfven for being unable to act. Sweden has let our African American Community down in the United States. I watched the tapes of A$AP Rocky, and he was being followed and harassed by troublemakers. Treat Americans fairly! #FreeRocky," he wrote on Twitter.