LONDON — American rapper ASAP Rocky has been charged with assault in Sweden and will go on trial next week, Swedish prosecutors and his lawyer said Thursday.
Rocky's lawyer, Slobodan Jovicic, announced at a news conference that the trial will start Tuesday.
The public prosecutor recommends that three days be set aside for the hearing, the Swedish Prosecution Authority said in a separate statement, adding that Rocky will remain in jail until the trial date.
Trump blasted the decision Thursday and said he was "very disappointed."
"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," Trump tweeted.
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The rapper, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, 30, was detained on "probable grounds for serious assault" July 3. He was in Sweden to headline Smash x Stadion, a two-day hip-hop festival in the country's capital.
"I have today commenced criminal proceedings against the three individuals suspected of assault causing actual bodily harm, having come to the conclusion that the events in question constitute a crime and despite claims of self-defense and provocation,” public prosecutor Daniel Suneson said Thursday.
Rocky and members of his entourage were alleged to have been involved in a brawl June 30 in downtown Stockholm in which authorities said a person was beaten and cut with broken bottles. He has denied the assault accusation.
Jovicic has maintained that Rocky and his associates were acting in self-defense after being provoked by the other men on the street.
"They begged and pleaded to be left alone," he said.