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Rapper A$AP Rocky Arrested For Assault With Deadly Weapon In Los Angeles Over November Shooting

Rapper A$AP Rocky was arrested by police at Los Angeles International Airport and charged with assault over a shooting that occurred in November after returning from vacation with girlfriend Rihanna.

By Constance Johnson
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Rapper A$AP Rocky has been arrested for assault with a deadly weapon in connection with a shooting in November in Los Angeles, police said in a news release. 

His lawyer confirmed the arrest to NBC News

The music artist was detained at Los Angeles International Airport earlier today after returning from a vacation in Barbados with his girlfriend, singer and beauty mogul Rihanna, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The couple announced in January that they are expecting a child together.

Police said that the shooting took place on Nov. 6 sometime after 10:00 p.m. during an argument between two acquaintances in the Hollywood area, according to the press release from the LAPD.

The argument escalated and police alleged that A$AP Rocky, whose given name is Rakim Mayers, 33, fired a handgun at the victim. After the shooting, Mayers and two other individuals fled the scene, according to police. 

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The victim suffered a minor injury and sought medical treatment. 

The victim said the rapper shot at him three to four times and one of the bullets grazed his left hand, according to a police report reviewed by The Los Angeles Times

The case will be presented to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office for filing consideration, police said. 

This is not the rapper’s first run-in with the law. 

In 2019, Rocky was charged with assault in Sweden — where he was scheduled to perform at a two-day hip-hop festival — after an altercation between his entourage and a fan. He was taken into custody after the fight and detained for six weeks while the case progressed.

The situation became a major international incident with then-President Donald Trump and other high-profile celebrities, including Kim Kardashian and singer Justin Bieber, urging the Swedish government to free the rapper. 

Rocky claimed that he and two men in his entourage were acting in self-defense when they threw the victim to the ground and punched and kicked him. He was found guilty of simple assault and ordered to pay the victim the equivalent of about $1,300, but was not sentenced to any jail time.  

A panel of four judges determined that the offense was not of such a “serious nature that a prison sentence must be chosen.”

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