STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – U.S. rapper A$AP Rocky pleaded no longer guilty on Tuesday to a charge of assault on the first day of a trial in Sweden that has drawn world attention and introduced on President Donald Trump to intervene on the artist’s behalf.

FILE PHOTO: A$AP Rocky performs “I’m No longer the Handiest One” with Sam Smith (no longer pictured) all the plot via the forty second American Tune Awards in Los Angeles, California November 23, 2014. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/File Photo

The 30-year-veteran performer, producer and model, whose precise name is Rakim Mayers, used to be detained on July 3 in reference to a street brawl in Stockholm within the early hours of June 30, and later charged with assault inflicting proper bodily injure.

Mayers’ criminal reputable acknowledged his consumer, sitting subsequent to him in penitentiary attire of a green t-shirt and trousers, pleaded no longer guilty to the charge of assault and had acted in self defence.

Both Mayers and the plaintiff, a 19-year-veteran man, will face snide-examination afterward Tuesday.

Mayers has acknowledged the plaintiff provoked him and two companions who own additionally been charged with assault. If convicted at Stockholm district court, they will also face as much as 2 years in jail.

His detention before his trial has introduced on furious responses from fans as properly as from loads of artists and different celebrities starting from Kim Kardashian to rocker Rod Stewart.

Trump had asked Swedish Top Minister Stefan Lofven to abet free Mayers, and later tweeted messages announcing he used to be “very disenchanted” in Lofven and anxious: “Take care of Americans rather!”

Trump had acknowledged he would in my idea vouch for Mayers’ bail. Sweden doesn’t own a bail system.

Lofven has acknowledged he is no longer going to impact the rapper’s case. Sweden’s judiciary is self sustaining of the political system.

Mayers, perfect identified for his song “Reward the Lord”, used to be in Stockholm for a concert. He has had to waste loads of scheduled presentations all the plot via Europe due to the his detention.

Sooner than his arrest, Mayers uploaded movies on Instagram of the moments before the alleged assault, announcing two males had been following his group and that he did now not desire any difficulty.

Mayers shot to popularity with his 2011 debut “Stay.Take care of.A$AP”. His most up-to-date album, “Testing”, reached the No. 4 place of residing on the Billboard 200 charts on its inaugurate remaining year.

Reporting by Helena Soderpalm and Anna Ringstrom, further reporting by Simon Johnson, Editing by Alison Williams and Andrew Heavens