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Who is A$AP Rocky and why did Donald Trump get involved?

A$AP Rocky is a US rapper who released his debut album, Long.Live.A$AP, in 2013.

He has been nominated for two Grammy awards and collaborated with the likes of Drake, Kanye West and Kendrick Lamar.

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He recently went on trial in Sweden, accused of assaulting a 19-year-old man, Mustafa Jafari, on the evening of 30 June.

The rapper spent a month in custody, flying back to the US on 2 August on temporary release following a trial and judges delivered their verdict on 14 August.

He was found guilty, but handed a suspended sentence, meaning he did not need to return to Sweden to serve any more time.

A$AP Rocky was convicted alongside his two bodyguards, who were given the same sentence.

He and the other two defendants were ordered to a pay a total of 12,500 kronor (£1,078) in compensation to the victim

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As a well-known hip-hop artist, his case has made international headlines and attracted attention from celebrities including Diddy, Justin Bieber, Kim Kardashian West, Jada Pinkett Smith, Rod Stewart, Cara Delevigne and Post Malone.

More than 640,000 fans signed a #JusticeForRocky petition set up online.

And following a call from Kanye West, who he has met in the past, the US president himself became involved.

Donald Trump asked Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven to help free the rapper, but the politician said he could not interfere in a legal case.

Mr Trump later tweeted messages saying he was “very disappointed” in Mr Lofven and demanding: “Treat Americans fairly!”

Mr Trump has said he would personally vouch for bail, although Sweden does not have a bail system.

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The president sent ambassador Robert O’Brien, the US special presidential envoy for hostage affairs, to Sweden to monitor the court proceedings.

A$AP Rocky, real name Rakim Mayers, gave evidence in court, saying Jafari followed him and his entourage and that his security guard “begged” him to leave them alone.

Source: SKY NEWS

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