ASAP Rocky’s lawyer has reportedly been shot in the head and chest as he was leaving his Swedish flat today.
Henrik Olsson Lilja represented the US rapper, 30, who swerved a two-year jail sentence and was handed a suspended sentence last month for a street brawl in Stockholm.
Lawyer Henrik Olsson Lilja has reportedly been shot in the head and chest as he was leaving his Swedish flat today[/caption]
ASAP Rocky, 30, swerved a two-year jail sentence and was handed a suspended sentence last month for a street brawl in Stockholm[/caption]
Olsson Lilja was leaving his apartment building in Stockholm shortly before 9am this morning when a gunman shot him.
Neighbours witnessed a person wrestle the lawyer in a stairwell, before he was shot, and gave Olsson Lilja a phone to call the police, who have since arrested several suspects.
A woman, also a senior lawyer, who was previously banned from contacting Olsson Lilja is among those arrested, but the shooter has been identified as a man.
After the shooting, the gunman hopped into a standby vehicle and fled the scene.
Olsson Lilja represented the rapper when he was first taken into custody after assaulting a man who was harassing him and his team on the street.
He was later replaced before the trial began.
The lawyer was immediately taken to hospital, with his condition being described as stable but serious.
One witness told local news outlet Expressen: “It was very bloody.
“He was bleeding on his face but he could talk. He told police ‘it hurts’”
Rocky did not end up returning to Sweden for the sentencing after his release from jail on August 2 having been in custody for nearly a month.
Prosecutors had been demanding a six-month jail sentence over the assault in the Swedish capital on July 3.
The musician was arrested on suspicion of assault after a video emerged appearing to show him throwing a “pest” to the ground.
Rocky, as well as others, claimed their actions were in self-defence and had pleaded not guilty.
Two members of ASAP Rocky’s entourage, Bladimir Corniel and David Rispers, were found guilty of the same charge.
Rocky and the other co-defendants have to pay the victim compensation and cover the court costs.
The rapper was also handed a suspended sentence for the ordeal last month.
The case hit international headlines after Donald Trump weighed in on the US’s rapper’s jail treatment.
The US President had asked the Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven to help free the rapper.
The president celebrated news of the star’s release, tweeting: “A$AP Rocky released from prison and on his way home to the United States from Sweden.
“It was a Rocky Week, get home ASAP A$AP!”
But before Rocky was released, Trump lashed out at Swedish authorities on Twitter.
Trump took to Twitter to rally for his freedom following a White House meeting with Kim Kardashian, who has been campaigning for his release.
The US President declared he was “very disappointed” in Sweden’s Prime Minister Stefan Löfven for being “unable to act”, after he had personally lobbied the leader.
“Sweden has let our African American Community down in the United States,” Trump tweeted.
“I watched the tapes of A$AP Rocky, and he was being followed and harassed by troublemakers. Treat Americans fairly! #FreeRocky.”
Trump later added: “Give A$AP Rocky his FREEDOM.
“We do so much for Sweden but it doesn’t seem to work the other way around. Sweden should focus on its real crime problem! #FreeRocky.”
In response, the Swedish PM’s office tweeted, emphasising the independence of their judicial system.
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“In Sweden everyone is equal before the law,” the tweet read.
Today’s shooting reportedly had nothing to do with the rapper’s case, and instead was a domestic dispute involving a woman close to Olsson Lilja, reported TMZ.
The shooter is currently being held in custody.
Olsson Lilja represented the rapper when he was first taken into custody, however was later replaced before trial began[/caption]
President Trump was very involved in Rocky’s case, rallying for his freedom constantly via Twitter[/caption]
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