A$AP Rocky says he wasn't hurt during fight in New Zealand
JONATHAN LANDRUM Jr.
Feb. 29, 2016
ATLANTA (AP) — Rapper A$AP Rocky said he came away unhurt after a recent fight inside a hotel elevator in New Zealand.
Rocky told The Associated Press on Sunday that he was in a "fist exchange" that occurred early Thursday in Auckland, New Zealand. He'd performed a few hours earlier at Auckland's Vector Arena.
The 27-year-old rapper said he was in an elevator with some women and his "security," when a man tried to ride with them. When they refused to let him on, a scuffle followed. No one in his party was hurt.
"The girls were fine," Rocky said. "They were OK. No scratches on the ladies. Everybody is fine."
Other media reports say three men attempted to enter the elevator.
"We didn't press no charges on nobody. They didn't press any charges on us. Everybody good. I don't understand why people are making a big deal out of it," he told the AP by phone.
New Zealand Police said in a statement they were called to the Pullman Hotel in Auckland around 3:15 a.m. Thursday after reports of an altercation there. They said that after they arrived, a police officer was slightly injured and that one person was taken to a local hospital and later released.
Police said a 35-year-old man was charged with assault, assault with the intent to injure, and resisting police. He made a brief court appearance Thursday and is next due in court on March 17. If found guilty, the suspect faces a maximum of three years in prison on the most serious charge.
Police didn't name any of those involved or say what role, if any, A$AP Rocky played.
It is common for New Zealand police to release only minimal information when a case has been referred to a court.
Rocky is currently in the midst of a six-city tour that ends in Perth, Australia, on Sunday. The rapper returned to the area for the first time in two years since he headlined in a Field Day festival in Sydney, according to the website of concert promoters Frontier Touring.
Rocky's second studio album "At. Long. Live. A$AP" debuted No. 1 on Billboard's Top 200, R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and Rap charts last year. He's known for his 2013 hit single (Expletive) Problems, which featured Drake, Kendrick Lamar and 2 Chainz.
Associated Press correspondent Nick Perry in Wellington, New Zealand, contributed to this report.