Trump cheers as rapper A$AP Rocky freed

Witnesses at A$AP Rocky trial didn’t see rapper hit man with bottle

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Prosecutors asked that the 30-year-old rapper get a six-month sentence during closing arguments.

After three days of testimony, a judge in Sweden said he will issue a verdict on the "gross assault" charges against A$AP Rocky on August 14.

American rapper A$AP Rocky, whose case garnered worldwide attention after celebrities and President Donald Trump came to his defense, returned to the United States late Friday night.

A$AP Rocky's release from jail comes in the wake of reports that the USA government warned Sweden of "negative consequences" if they were to find him guilty of assault.

Trump celebrated the release with a tweet on Friday, saying he hoped the rapper would be home "ASAP", in a reference to his stage name and an acronym for "as soon as possible".

After spending nearly a month in a Swedish jail, A$AP Rocky has been released and is speaking out on the experience for the first time.

"I do not want to speculate on whether they will be convicted or acquitted, we will have to await the court's ruling", he said.

But it wasn't immediately clear from the decision Friday by Stockholm District Court whether the suspects could leave the country.

A$AP Rocky is finally a free man - for the time being at least. A$AP Rocky and his two associates jetted to the United States nearly immediately following their release by the judge.

However, prosecutor Daniel Suneson has alleged that surveillance footage from a nearby restaurant was changed by the rapper's team to coincide with his self-defence claim. They appeared to argue over a pair of headphones.

Two witnesses took the stand in the Swedish criminal court and said they didn't see Rocky use a bottle during the scuffle, which prosecutors are trying to use as the centerpiece for their case.

"We have three people who throw out punches and kicks against a person who is lying down", he said.

Before landing in LAX, he posted some gratitude on Instagram. He has cancelled several shows across Europe due to his detention.

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