Rapper A$AP Rocky arrested on suspicion of assault in Sweden

In a video on the rapper's Instagram account, he is seen telling one of the men, "Listen, we don't want to fight y'all. We not trying to go to jail."
Image: Rapper A$AP Rocky performs onstage during Breakout Festival 2019 at PNE Amphitheatre
Rapper A$AP Rocky performs onstage during Breakout Festival 2019 at PNE Amphitheatre on June 15 in Vancouver, Canada.Andrew Chin / Getty Images file

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By Caroline Radnofsky

Rapper A$AP Rocky has been accused of assault and arrested in Stockholm, Swedish officials said Wednesday.

The two-time Grammy nominee, born Rakim Mayers in Harlem, New York, was in Sweden to headline Smash x Stadion, a two-day hip-hop festival that began Tuesday in the country's capital.

The incident took place Sunday, a press officer for the Swedish Prosecution Authority told NBC News. Mayers was arrested for assault Wednesday at 1 a.m. (Tuesday 7 p.m. ET), along with three others, the authority added in a statement on its website.

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The hip-hop artist, producer and music video director was nominated for a 2013 Grammy for his song 'F**kin' Problems', featuring Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar. Mayers' arrest came just hours after his performance at the Smash festival Tuesday night.

The rapper posted several videos on his Instagram account Tuesday night giving his version of events. In one, Mayers and members of his entourage are seen arguing with two men on the street, telling the men to stop following the musician and his entourage.

In another clip, a man whom Mayers identified as his bodyguard, squares off with one of the men. The bodyguard is seen blocking the man's blows, followed by the sound of plastic breaking as the man appears to hit the bodyguard over the head with a pair of headphones.

Mayers is then seen telling one of the men, "Listen, we don't want to fight y'all. We not trying to go to jail."

Mayers is currently in police custody, and will be seen by a judge within three days, the Swedish Prosecution Authority's press officer said.

A$AP Rocky was due to perform at Kadetten Festival in Oslo, Norway, on Wednesday, according to the festival's website.

A representative for Mayers did not immediately respond to a request for comment.