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A$AP Rocky arrested after man repeatedly punched in Stockholm street fight

'We don't want no problems with these boys,' US rapper says ahead of altercation

Tom Embury-Dennis
Wednesday 03 July 2019 14:27 BST
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Police suspect A$AP Rocky on involvement in Stockholm streetfight
Police suspect A$AP Rocky on involvement in Stockholm streetfight (TMZ)

A$AP Rocky has reportedly been detained following a street fight in Stockholm in which a man was repeatedly punched and allegedly cut with a broken bottle.

Police in the Swedish capital said the US rapper, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, was involved in the altercation outside a burger restaurant late on Sunday evening.

Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet reported Mayers, who is due to perform in Norway on Wednesday night, could face the rest of week in a cell following his arrest in the early hours of Wednesday morning. It came after he performed at SMASH music festival on Tuesday night.

Footage published by celebrity gossip website TMZ earlier this week showed a man resembling Mayers throwing a person to the ground before he and a group of men punched and kicked the victim in the head.

Aftonbladet said it had seen a police report alleging the victim had also been cut with a broken glass bottle.

On Instagram, Mayers posted footage which showed two men in white T-shirts repeatedly approach his entourage apparently complaining about a pair of broken headphones. Mayers appears to play the attempted peacemaker during the confrontation.

The two men, one of whom appears to attempt to punch one of Mayers' associates, are repeatedly warned to "go away" by the group.

"Look, just for the cameras, we don't want no problems with these boys, they keep following us," Mayers says.

He captioned the clip, "Hits security in the face with headphones then follow us", and, "I'm innocent".

The Public Prosecutor's Office said four people from Mayers' entourage are suspected of involvement in the assault, including Mayers himself.

"They had the intention to leave the country quite soon and if they leave the country there could be a risk that we would not be able to get them convicted if they had done this crime," prosecutor Fredrik Karlsson told the newspaper.

”He has been kicked," a police spokesperson said of the victim. ”He also have cuts on both of his arms. It is caused by some type of object, but not a knife.”

Representatives for Mayers have been contacted for comment.

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