LOS ANGELES (FOX 11) - Charges dropped against man involved in street fight with A$AP Rocky
The Swedish Prosecution Authority has dropped all charges against one of the men involved in the street fight that resulted in A$AP Rocky being detained in a Stockholm prison.
The Swedish Prosecution Authority claims only one of the men had been under investigation after Rocky's bodyguard filed a counter-notice following the brawl. He was being held on suspicion of "abuse, assault and attempted assault."
"The preliminary investigation in that matter is now discontinued and the injured party is no longer suspected of any crime," the Swedish Prosecution Authority said in a press release Monday.
Senior Public Prosecutor Daniel Suneson, who is in charge of the investigation, explained the decision, pointing out that Rocky's bodyguard "repeatedly" asked the unnamed man to leave before allegedly becoming physical.
"When he refuses to leave, the other person first pushes him away and then takes a grip around the other persons neck and lifts him away a few meters. In this situation, the person throws his headphones on the notifier, and tries to hand out battles, which may be considered as right to self-defense," he said.
Prosecutors said the investigation against Rocky, 30, and two members of his team is still ongoing.
On Friday, the Swedish Prosecution Authority announced that Suneson had requested a time extension and that Rocky and his team would be held at the Kronoberg Detention Center until July 25, when a decision would be made on how to indict them.
President Donald Trump has vowed to intervene in Rocky's case, saying that he will speak to the Swedish prime minister to "see what we can do about helping A$AP Rocky," following discussions with Kim Kardashian and Kanye West.
Toni Eriksson, a spokesman for Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, said it was "pointed out" to Trump that "everyone is equal before the law and that the government neither can nor will try to influence the judicial process."
A rep for the Swedish Prosecution Authority says it is "not possible for the US president to have any influence on the Swedish legal procedure."
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Taylor Swift fans slam Kamala Harris for fundraising event at Scooter Braun's home
Taylor Swift fans aren't likely to go to the polls for Kamala Harris.
The California senator and presidential candidate held a fundraising event at the home of Swift's latest nemesis, Scooter Braun, with attendees including Swift's former frenemy-turned-pal Katy Perry and Braun clients Ariana Grande and vocal anti-Swiftie Demi Lovato.
"I was SO excited for you as a democratic candidate, but if you so choose to go to an event held by @scooterbraun, a man whose arrogance mirrors our president's, I can no longer hold onto my excitement and faith for you as a presidential candidate. #disappointed," one fan tweeted.
Another wrote, "If @KamalaHarris thinks this will get her votes she is delusional and @scooterbraun is a thief who uses these women to advance his bank account…"
A third fan begged Harris to drop out of the race altogether and back Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren.
"@KamalaHarris please don't do a fundraiser with @scooterbraun you will lose a lot of votes to @ewarren," the user wrote. "I want to support you but cannot if you associate with a bully and misogynist," wrote @sandiegoleah. "#IStandWithTaylor @taylornation13 why don't you reach out to her instead!"
Swift, 29, has been at odds with Braun ever since he purchased her former record label, Big Machine, which includes all of the masters to the singer's first six albums.
She accused Braun of "manipulative bullying" through his associations with former client Kanye West and West's wife, Kim Kardashian, who infamously recorded Swift and West's "snippet" of a phone call in which she appeared to give her blessing to the lyrics to his song "Famous."
"For years I asked, pleaded for a chance to own my work. Instead, I was given an opportunity to sign back up to Big Machine Records and ‘earn' one album back at a time, one for every new one I turned in," Swift wrote. "I walked away because I knew once I signed that contract, Scott Borchetta would sell the label, thereby selling me and my future. I had to make the excruciating choice to leave behind my past. Music I wrote on my bedroom floor and videos I dreamed up and paid for from the money I earned playing in bars, then clubs, then arenas, then stadiums."
"Never in my worst nightmares did I imagine the buyer would be Scooter," she continued. "Any time Scott Borchetta has heard the words 'Scooter Braun' escape my lips, it was when I was either crying or trying not to. He knew what he was doing; they both did. Controlling a woman who didn't want to be associated with them. In perpetuity. That means forever."
Braun has yet to directly comment on any of Swift's allegations, though his wife and some of his clients, including Lovato and Justin Bieber, have defended him through social media. Sources previously claimed that the SchoolBoy Records founder attempted to reach out to Swift privately through mutual friends in hopes of a "mature conversation," but was "ghosted" by the "ME!" singer.
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