COPENHAGEN, Denmark — U.S. rapper A$AP Rocky was ordered held by a Swedish court Friday for two weeks in pretrial detention while police investigate a fight in downtown Stockholm.


Prosecutor Fredrik Karlsson following the court decision Friday against American hip-hop star A$AP Rocky at Stockholm District Court in Sweden. Stina Stjernkvist / TT via AP

Prosecutor Fredrik Karlsson said Friday after the hearing at the Stockholm District Court that A$AP Rocky – the stage name of Rakim Mayers – was to be held on a lesser assault charge than he initially had demanded.

“They were attacked and he made use of self-defense,” said defense lawyer Henrik Olsson Lilja, adding they would appeal the ruling.

The rapper was involved in the fight Sunday before appearing at a music festival in Sweden. It was not clear who else was involved in the incident. Videos published on social media show a person being violently thrown onto the ground by A$AP Rocky. He and others punched and kicked the person on the ground.

Police took him in Wednesday and A$AP Rocky had to cancel performances in Norway and Poland. Sweden’s TT news agency confirmed that the rapper’s world tour has been paused.

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