Harlem Rapper ASAP Rocky aka Pretty Flacko was arrested early Wednesday in Stockholm, Sweden, on suspicion of gross assault after a Sunday altercation that was captured in part on videos posted online, including two posted by the artist himself.
The rapper, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, was taken into custody around 1 a.m. Wednesday, the Swedish Prosecution Authority told The Times. He had been part of the lineup at the two-day Smash festival of hip-hop in Stockholm on Tuesday.
ASAP Rocky and his entourage beat on two men in the street, in daylight. In that video, the 30-year-old rapper, wearing shorts and a hooded sweatshirt, can be seen grabbing one of the men by his shirt or shoulders and hurling him across the street. Then others from the entourage start hitting and kicking the man.
Both parties are speaking different languages, making the exchange more difficult to understand, though the men attempted some English as one complained about his headphones.
However, another two videos posted by ASAP Rocky on his Instagram on Tuesday show that the two men had been bothering and harassing The Harlem Rapper and his entourage well before the altercation took place, with Rocky and his bodyguard trying to defuse the situation by walking away multiple times.