Why was ASAP Rocky arrested? Rapper’s detention explained

Following cheating allegations that turned out not to be true, rapper ASAP Rocky is back in the headlines after being arrested at LA International Airport

Rapper ASAP Rocky, whose real name is Rakim Athelaston Mayer, has been detained by the Los Angeles Police Department at LA International Airport regarding an incident which took place in November 2021.

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Why has ASAP Rocky been arrested?

According to authorities, Rocky was taken into custody at Los Angeles International Airport in connection with a shooting that occurred in Hollywood last year on 6 November.

The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) said that the rapper had been detained on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon.

A press release issued by the LAPD said: “On November 6, 2021, around 10:15 pm, an argument between two acquaintances occurred in the area of ​​Selma Avenue and Argyle Avenue, in the Hollywood Area.

“The argument escalated and resulted in the suspect firing a handgun at the victim. The victim sustained a minor injury from the incident and later sought his medical treatment.

A$AP Rocky performing on stage during Rolling Loud at Hard Rock Stadium on July 23, 2021 in Miami Gardens, Fla. (Photo: Rich Fury/Getty Images)

“Following the shooting, the suspect and two additional males fled the area on foot.

“Detectives worked diligently to investigate and corroborate the reporting information which helped identify the suspect(s) involved.

“The suspect has been identified as 33-year-old Rakim Mayers, a Los Angeles resident, also known as music artist A$AP Rocky.

“Early this morning (April 20), LAPD officers arrested Mayers for Assault with a deadly weapon (firearm) at the Los Angeles International Airport.

“This case will be presented to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office for filing consideration.”

A$AP Rocky at 2021 Tribeca Festival Premiere of Stockholm Syndrome at Battery Park on June 13, 2021 in New York City (Photo: Arturo Holmes/Getty Images for Tribeca Festival)

Rocky’s attorney, Alan Jackson, confirmed to media outlets that the rapper had been arrested, but declined to offer any more information.

According to TMZ Rocky has been released from the LAPD headquarters after his bail was set at $550,000. TMZ has also reported that police conducted a search at Rocky’s house.

Rocky was the focus of international attention in 2019 after being detained for nearly a month in Sweden following a street brawl. He was found guilty of assault and given a “conditional sentence” that meant no additional time in jail.

Why were ASAP Rocky and Rihanna in Barbados?

Rocky and Rihanna, were photographed on holiday in Rihanna’s native Barbados, with Rocky taking part in activities like jet skiing while the heavily pregnant Rihanna was surrounded by friends and family.

The two have reportedly been dating since 2020 and are currently expecting their first child together.

After weeks of media speculation over whether Rihanna was actually pregnant, her pregnancy was finally confirmed in February when she hit the streets of New York with her baby bump on display.

Rihanna and ASAP Rocky at the Gucci show during Milan Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2022/23 on February 25, 2022 in Milan, Italy (Photo: Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images for Gucci)

Recently their relationship was subjected to rumors of cheating after a claim made on Twitter took off like wildfire.

The rumor was first posted on social media by Louis Pisano, a fashion influencer, who wrote in a now-deleted tweet that the couple had split up after Rihanna caught Rocky cheating on her with designer Amina Muaddi, who has collaborated with both Rihanna and Rocky in the past.

Pisano later redacted the claim and posted a statement apologizing for causing Rihanna and Rocky “unnecessary drama”.

ASAP Rocky and Rihanna pose for a picture as they celebrate her beauty brands Fenty Beauty and Fenty Skinat Goya Studios on February 11, 2022 in Los Angeles, California (Photo: Mike Coppola/Getty Images)

Pisano wrote: “I made a dumb decision to tweet some information I had received. I’m not going to talk about sources, blame others for a discussion that was started, etc because at the end of the day I made the decision to draft that tweet, press send and put that out with my name on it.

“So I’d like to formally apologize to all parties I involved with my actions and for my reckless tweets.”


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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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