3:43 PM PT — A$AP Rocky is about 40,000 feet above his troubles right now. He’s boarded a private jet and sources tell us he is in the air, heading for U.S. soil.
1:28 PM PT — We’ve just learned A$AP Rocky will NOT have to return to Sweden on August 14 for the verdict. It will be a written verdict. Of course, if he’s found guilty, he’ll be ordered back for sentencing, but — because the judges have allowed him to leave the country — all signs point to a not guilty verdict. And, speaking of leaving the country, we’re told he’s coming back to the U.S. of A. Friday night.
11:51 AM PT — A$AP just posted his first social media post since turning himself in, and he wasted no time shouting out his fans, friends and “anyone across the globe who supported me.”
11:34 AM PT — A$AP Rocky was just spotted leaving court and it’s crystal clear … dude’s happy as hell to be free.
10:47 AM PT — President Trump has responded to A$AP’s release … and decided to get punny with it.
10:29 AM PT — A$AP Rocky was just released from jail while the judges in his Swedish assault case decide his fate. The announcement in court was met with cheer from onlookers. A$AP is free to leave Sweden while they await a verdict, which is expected August 14. The other 2 defendants are also released and free to leave. Prosecutors had asked that Rocky, who’s spent a month in jail, remain there because he was a flight risk, but the judges disagreed. Reading between the lines, the fact that the judges are letting him leave the country may be a sign he won’t be found guilty.
8:19 AM PT — A$AP’s lawyer is now showing a photo of a large Cava bottle which prosecutors claim was used in the fight against the alleged victim. He’s arguing the size and weight of the bottle is not consistent with the alleged victim’s injuries … suggesting they’d be much more serious if the bottle was used as alleged.
We’ve also highlighted the bottle in Rocky’s hand in video of the altercation. As we’ve told you … A$AP’s admitted to picking up the bottle but denies using it on the alleged victim.
8:01 AM PT — In Rocky’s lawyer’s closing statement … he says nothing the rapper did was premeditated or done in a coordinated fashion with his crew and the evidence backs it up. He points out the footage of Rocky fighting with the alleged victim is a total of 6 seconds, and claims that is the whole of his involvement. He says the rapper is not responsible for the actions of others, and his actions do not amount to assault.
6:55 AM PT — Prosecutors just asked the judges to impose a 6-month jail sentence for Rocky, saying he should be judged harshly because they say he threw a bottle at the alleged victim. They also want to keep him behind bars pending the verdict — which could take a week — because they say he continues to be a flight risk.
6:52 AM PT — Swedish prosecutors said President Trump has apparently tried to intervene again in the case, demanding that Rocky and the others from his crew in custody be released to a hotel. A spokesperson for prosecutors said they received a letter from the U.S. Embassy making the demand, which the prosecutors have rejected. The spokesperson said no country has ever made such a request in the past.
A$AP Rocky got a HUGE assist Friday from 2 eyewitnesses to the beating that landed him in jail and Swedish criminal court … because both said they were clear — they did NOT see Rocky strike the alleged victim with a bottle.
The bottle is the centerpiece of the prosecution’s case. They claim Rocky severely injured the alleged victim by hurling a bottle at him … which they say was excessive force and unjustified. Rocky admitted Thursday he picked up a bottle but denied he ever threw it.
Prosecutors say the video shows the bottle hidden in Rocky’s sleeve. Their point … they say the violence was disproportionate to the danger posed by the alleged victim, who at a point was lying on the ground.
Rocky’s bodyguard testified Friday the alleged victim approached Rocky and his crew twice, and added, in the U.S., when someone harasses you twice you can take action. As we reported, there’s video showing the bodyguard lifting the alleged victim up by the neck and moving him away from the group.
The bodyguard suggested the alleged victim was the one who was holding the bottle and may have been responsible for his own injuries, saying he saw the guy holding something that was a greenish color.
Both eyewitnesses testified they heard a bottle being “crushed” but didn’t know the circumstances or who did it. One also said she didn’t see A$AP holding a bottle during the scuffle, despite the fact he admitted holding it for a time.
Prosecutors told the judge the injuries proved the force Rocky used was excessive. They suggested just punches and pushes would have been justified, but the videos and the injuries show A$AP and his crew went far beyond what was justified.
The judges will decide — possibly Friday — whether Rocky should be released while they discuss an appropriate verdict, which could take a week.