ATLANTA (AP) — Rapper A$AP Rocky said he came away unhurt during a recent attack on him inside a hotel elevator in New Zealand.
Rocky told The Associated Press on Sunday that he was in a “fist exchange” that occurred Wednesday in Auckland, New Zealand. He performed that same day at Auckland’s Vector Arena.
The 27-year-old rapper said he was in an elevator with some women and his “security,” when a man tried to ride with them. When they refused to let him on, a scuffle followed. No one in his party was hurt.
“The girls were fine,” Rocky said. “They were OK. No scratches on the ladies. Everybody is fine.”
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Other media reports say three men attempted to enter the elevator.
“We didn’t press no charges on nobody. They didn’t press any charges on us. Everybody good. I don’t understand why people are making a big deal out of it,” he told the AP by phone.
New Zealand Police said in a statement they were called to the Pullman Hotel in Auckland at about 3:15 a.m. Wednesday with reports of an altercation there. They said that after they arrived, a police officer was slightly injured and that one person was taken to a local hospital and later released.
Police said a 35-year-old man was charged with assault, assault with the intent to injure, and resisting police. He made a brief court appearance Thursday and is next due in court on March 17. If found guilty, the suspect faces a maximum of three years in prison on the most serious charge.
Police didn’t name any of those involved or say what role, if any, A$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.