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A$AP Rocky reportedly arrested in scuffle with amateur photographers

July 20, 2012|By August Brown
  • A$AP Rocky performs in support of his "A$AP Forever Part 1: Blood" release at the San Jose State Event Center on March 10 in San Jose.
A$AP Rocky performs in support of his "A$AP Forever Part 1: Blood"… (Tim Mosenfelder/Getty…)

Like his video alter-ego JFK, the Harlem rapper A$AP Rocky has to deal with paparazzi. But he may want to reconsider his reported tactics for engaging them after an incident in New York on Thursday, when a pair of passers-by tried to snap his photo on the street while the rapper was arguing with a third, unidentified person.

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According to reports, the rapper (Born Rakim Mayers), then allegedly started fighting with the photographers, allegedly leaving cuts and bruises that required one of them to be treated in a nearby hospital. TMZ said the rapper was arrested and booked on suspicion of attempted robbery (though it's uncertain what items may have been taken). The hip-hop gossip site has what appear to be photos of the incident, with Rocky and a shirtless man handcuffed next to a police car. 

Up to this point it has been a banner year for the rising star, after the 2011 release of his breakthrough "LiveLoveA$AP" mixtape, signing to RCA, a well-received Coachella performance and a nomination for best new artist at the BET Awards.  


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