A$AP Rocky is returning to the scene of the crime, literally. The rapper has announced he’ll return to Sweden to perform a concert there, less than three months after a Swedish court convicted him of assault as a result of an altercation that took place in Stockholm in June.
Rocky will perform a “special headlining concert” at Stockholm’s Ericsson Globe on Wednesday, December 11. The show is the result of “an outcry of support from his Swedish fans” for Rocky to “return to Stockholm to deliver a triumphant show for all his supporters,” according to the concert announcement.
Rocky will be joined by Swedish artists to be announced. Tickets go on sale November 12, with a portion of the proceeds to be donated to an undisclosed charity in Sweden.
Rocky, born Rakim Mayers, and two members of his entourage were accused of beating 19-year-old Mustafa Jafari on June 30 in Stockholm, where the 31-year-old rapper was visiting during the European leg of his tour. Rocky and others were jailed in Sweden until August 2 and, despite testifying that they acted in self defense, were convicted of assault August 14. Though he could have been sentenced to two years in prison, Rocky was ordered to pay Jafari $1,300 in damages, and to also pay court costs.
The rapper’s case sparked outrage in the hip-hop community, in Hollywood and even on Capitol Hill, where Rocky’s congressman and members of the Congressional Black Caucus rallied to call for his release. Even President Trump repeatedly called for the rapper’s release and lashed out at Sweden’s prime minister on Twitter after Rocky was charged.
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