A$AP Rocky has been arrested in connection with an assault

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ASAP Rocky has been arrested at Los Angeles international airport in connection to a November 2021 shooting.

The rapper – whose legal name is actually Rakim Mayers – was returning home from a holiday in Barbados with his girlfriend, Rihanna – who he says is the "love of his life"– when he was arrested by the Los Angeles police. It's surreal considering that mere hours ago, pictures of him smiling on a jet ski were shared while pregnant Rihanna, wearing a red bikini, had a beaming smile on her face. The rapper was taken immediately into custody.

ASAP Rocky, who is 33 years old, has been under investigation for a shooting in Los Angeles on 6 November 2021. The shooting had not previously been reported anywhere in the media. But the victim survived, and claimed to police that the rapper along with two others, approached him on the street while holding a handgun.

Photo credit: ANGELA WEISS - Getty Images
Photo credit: ANGELA WEISS - Getty Images

According to police reports, the victim claimed ASAP Rocky shot at him three or four times, and has said that a bullet grazed his left hand. In a statement on Twitter, LAPD said the victim had sustained a "minor injury" after which his assailants "fled on foot". And LAPD are now calling for witnesses who may have information to come forward.

ASAP Rocky's lawyer, Alan Jackson, confirmed that his client has been arrested but then declined to make any further comments. The rapper will make his first appearance in court on 17 August. When Rocky was booked into jail, bail was set at $550,000, according to the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department booking report. He was released less than three hours later after posting bond.

It's, of course, not the first time that ASAP Rocky has had runnings with the police. In 2019, he was found guilty of assault for his part in a street fight in Sweden, alongside two others. He was given a two-year suspended sentence and had to pay more than $1,000 in damages. He claimed they were acting in self-defence when they kicked and punched a 19-year-old man, who he said was harassing their group, but the court rejected this argument. Even Donald Trump, who was president at the time, got involved, as he tried to get ASAP Rocky out of prison while he was awaiting trial. He served a month in prison before the sentence was handed down, meaning he didn't have to serve any additional time.

There's yet to be an official statement from Rihanna. The couple were first linked in 2013, and currently Rihanna is in the third trimester of her pregnancy with their first child.

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