Jul 25, 2019

A$AP Rocky charged with assault by prosecutors in Sweden

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A$AP Rocky has been charged along with 2 others with assault in Sweden and will remain in custody until a trial takes place, prosecutors said Thursday, adding no trial date had been set.

The big picture: President Trump said Saturday he phoned Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven to vouch for bail for the U.S. rapper after Kim Kardashian West alerted him to A$AP Rocky's detention. However, Sweden's criminal justice system doesn't include bail.

  • Löfven's spokesperson said he told Trump that Sweden's judicial system is independent and he "cannot and will not attempt to influence the legal proceedings."

Context: Per Axios' Jonathan Swan, A$AP Rocky — whose real name is Rakim Mayers — turned himself in to Swedish police earlier this month after he was wanted for questioning about a street fight in Stockholm on June 30, which he and his entourage say was started by 2 harassers.

What they're saying: Swedish public prosecutor Daniel Suneson said in a statement he launched criminal proceedings against the 3 suspects after concluding "that the events in question constitute a crime and despite claims of self-defense and provocation."

"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. In addition to video material, the injured party’s statements have been supported by witness statements."
— Public prosecutor Daniel Suneson

This article has been updated with more details, including comment from Suneson.

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A Swedish judge found A$AP Rocky guilty of assault Wednesday, but the rapper, who is already back in the U.S., will not face any more prison time, reports the New York Times.

Why it matters: The allegations against Rocky caught President Trump's attention when he learned about the case through Kim Kardashian and her husband, rapper Kanye West. The president publicly offered to intervene in the matter.

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North Korea has launched 2 short-range missiles 267 miles into the Sea of Japan, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said, according to AP.

Why it matters: This is the first report of North Korea firing projectiles since President Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in met with Kim Jong Un at the Demilitarized Zone last month. A South Korean official said at least 1 of the missiles appeared to be a new design, per the BBC.

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El Paso suspect confessed to targeting Mexicans in mass shooting

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The man accused of killing 22 people in last Saturday's deadly mass shooting at an El Paso, Texas Walmart confessed to law enforcement upon his surrender and admitted to targeting Mexicans in the attack, per AP.

The latest: The suspect reportedly told the police on Saturday, "I'm the shooter," according to Detective Adrian Garcia per an arrest warrant affidavit obtained by the Washington Post.

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