News: Flashing Lights: A$AP Rocky Arrested In NYC After Smacking Up Photographers

Friday, Jul 20, 2012 9:46AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

New York rapper A$AP Rocky was reportedly arrested last night (July 19) in the Big Apple after assaulting two photographers.

According to reports, the incident started after a verbal dispute caught the attention of a couple onlookers.

According to law enforcement sources ... A$AP Rocky, real name Rakim Mayers, had gotten into a verbal dispute with someone in downtown Manhattan, when 2 civilians started snapping photos of the incident. We're told A$AP and a friend quickly turned their attention to the amateur photogs ... and a full-fledged fight erupted. Our sources say the two victims suffered cuts and bruises with one requiring treatment at a hospital. (TMZ)

He has reportedly been slapped with an attempted robbery charge.

We're told responding officers arrested AR ... and he's expected to be booked for attempted robbery. It's unclear, at this point, what he's accused of trying to pilfer. Rocky is a native New Yorker and member of the hip hop group A$AP Mob. He was nominated for Best New Artist at the BET Awards this year. (TMZ)

In March, Rocky found himself in another physical situation after a South By Southwest music festival incident.

A brawl broke out between Harlem rapper ASAP Rocky and his crew against a drunken crowd at a Vice party around 3:30AM Sunday morning, ending the SXSW music festival in Austin, Texas, with a small eruption of violence for the second year in a row. The last of perhaps one too many A$AP Rocky gigs began with their usual antagonistic, punk rock-styled antics, including slam-dancing, stage-diving, crowd-surfing and spitting, during a late-night concert in a downtown warehouse venue. But all that intensity finally took a turn for the worst, as it did in 2011 when irate fans denied entry to a SXSW reunion concert by Toronto hard rock duo DFA1979 broke out into a riot. (Spinner)

Recently, the Harlem, New York emcee downplayed his tough guy image.

"The biggest misconception is that I'm a gangster," Rocky said in an interview. "I'm not. At all. I don't want people thinking [I am]. Honestly. I really am [a nice guy]. I'm a good, down to earth dude." (This Is 50)

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