The lawyer for Rakim Mayers, the American rapper better known as A$AP Rocky, said that the alleged assault victim was "story telling" when he appeared as a witness on the first day of the musician's trial on assault charges in Stockholm, Tuesday.

Mayers plead not guilty to the accusations of assaulting a 19-year old Afghan refugee in the street, over a month ago.

The performer said he and the two other suspects, who are part of his entourage, acted in self-defence. Security camera footage showed the rapper throwing the alleged victim Mustafa Jafari to the ground, before punching and kicking him with the help of two bodyguards.

Mayers and the other suspects have been held in custody since July 3 and face up to two years in jail under Swedish law if found guilty.

"He (A$AP Rocky) is living this trial under dark clouds, and like always, like every trial, I can have my opinion, but in the end it's the court to decide. The future is very unknown to him" said Mayers' lawyer Slobodan Jovicic, while speaking to the press.

The trial is set to continue on Thursday and Friday at Stockholm's District Court.

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