(AllHipHop News) A$AP Rocky (born Rakim Mayers) pleaded not guilty to assault charges in Sweden on Tuesday. According to reports, President Donald Trump sent U.S. special presidential envoy for hostage affairs, Ambassador Robert O’Brien, to Stockholm to monitor the trial.
"Ambassador O’Brien is traveling at the request of the White House," said a State Department spokesperson. "One of the most important tasks of the Department of State and U.S. embassies and consulates abroad is to provide assistance to U.S. citizens who are detained abroad."
Trump previously inserted himself into Rocky's legal situation by offering to pay the rapper's bail, despite the fact Rocky did not have the chance to post any bail. The President later blasted Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven for not doing more to help get the 30-year-old New Yorker out of jail.
Rocky was taken into custody on July 3 after allegedly being involved in a violent incident on the streets of Stockholm. Bladimir Emilio Corniel and David Tyrone Rispers were also charged for assault in relation to the case.
The A$AP Mob representative, Corniel, and Rispers are accused of kicking and punching 19-year-old Mustafa Jafari in the Swedish capital on June 30. Slobodon Jovicic, Rocky's attorney, is claiming his client acted in self-defense.
Rocky uploaded videos of the interaction to his Instagram account which showed him repeatedly asking two men to stop following him and his associates. In court, Swedish prosecutor Daniel Suneson presented videos, photos of Jafari's supposed injuries, and alleged text messages sent between members of Mayers’ entourage.
"It is worth noting that I have had access to a greater amount of material than that which has previously been available on the internet," stated Suneson prior to the trial. Jafari also claimed he was struck with a bottle during the attack. Jovicic denied that the defendants used a weapon.