ASAP Rocky Found Guilty of Assault by Swedish Court
The star was involved in a confrontation on June 30 in Stockholm.
ASAP Rocky has been found guilty of assault in Swedish court in connection with a confrontation in Stockholm while the rapper was on tour.
Through a suspended sentence, the rapper, whose real name is Rakim Meyer, will not serve any jail time. He was arrested after the June 30 incident and spent a month in jail. Prosecutors had initially asked for six-month sentence, according to reports.
Rocky and his attorney maintained that the rapper was acting in self defense when Rocky threw 19-year-old Mustafa Jafari to the ground and he and two members of his entourage punched and kicked him.
According to the rapper and his team, Jafari had harassed and followed them after being asked to stop several times. Following the incident, Rocky posted videos of their encounter with Jafari to his Instagram account.
In one of the videos, Rocky and the men with whom he is walking tell two men to stop following them.
“We don’t want to fight you,” Rocky says in the clip.
Another video of the incident appeared to show Rocky lifting one of the men and throwing him to the ground before the assault ensued.
"It is worth noting that I have had access to a greater amount of material than that which has previously been available on the internet,” prosecutor Daniel Suneson previously said. "In addition to video material, the injured party’s statements have been supported by witness statements.”
Rocky and the other two people involved were also order to pay $1,300 in damages to the victim, according to reports.
Rocky was released Aug. 2. President Trump and celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Rod Stewart had been rallying for his release.
On Sunday, at the Real Street Festival in California, Rocky referred to the June incident as an “unfortunate event.”
“Hopefully we won’t have to go back to jail or nothing like that, that would be crazy,” he said, per Reuters.
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