- A$AP Rocky has been found guilty of assault by a Swedish court.
- Rocky was given a suspended sentence by the Stockholm District Court on Wednesday, meaning he will not serve any time in prison.
- Rocky had been charged with one count of assault causing actual bodily harm over a June 30 brawl in Stockholm. Rocky pleaded self-defense.
- However, the court found this was not a sufficient justification.
- The court has fined Rocky, however, after the victim asked for damages for “violation of his integrity and pain and suffering.” The amount is not yet known.
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A$AP Rocky has been found guilty of assault over a June 30 brawl in Stockholm, a case which has drawn the attention of the world and the intervention of US President Donald Trump.
A Swedish court ruled on Wednesday that Rocky and two associates were guilty of assault after the altercation.
However, Rocky, who is 30, was given a “conditional sentence” which does not require him to go to prison.
The court has instead ordered him to pay an unspecified sum in damages to the victim, and to pay the legal costs incurred by the Swedish government during his prosecution.
The judgment was announced in a press release at 2:00 p.m. local (8:00 a.m. ET) from Stockholm District Court. It said:
“The court finds that the defendants were not in a situation where they were entitled to self-defence and that they have assaulted the victim by hitting and kicking him.
“It has not been proven that the defendants struck the victim in the head with a bottle or assaulted him with whole or broken bottles.
“The victim is awarded damages for violation of his integrity and pain and suffering, but less than he requested. The defendants shall, each based on their financial ability, repay the state for its expenses for public legal counsels.”
The rapper was first detained in Sweden on July 3 over his involvement in an altercation in Stockholm on June 30.
Rocky was temporarily released from custody in Stockholm on August 2, and was not required to attend the sentencing hearing on Wednesday.
Following news of the verdict, Rocky posted a photo on Instagram. In the caption, he said he was disappointed by the verdict but thanked his supporters.
“I am of course disappointed by today’s verdict. I want to say thanks again to all of my fans, friend, and everyone who showed me love during this difficult time. Imma keep moving forward. Thank you to my team, my management, attorneys, label and everyone who advocated for justice,” he said.
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I AM OF COURSE DISAPPOINTED BY TODAY’S VERDICT. I WANT TO SAY THANKS AGAIN TO ALL OF MY FANS, FRIENDS, AND EVERYONE WHO SHOWED ME LOVE DURING THIS DIFFICULT TIME. IMMA KEEP MOVING FORWARD. THANK YOU TO MY TEAM, MY MANAGEMENT, ATTORNEYS, LABEL AND EVERYONE WHO ADVOCATED FOR JUSTICE. 🙏🏿
Prosecutor Daniel Suneson previously said he was seeking a six-month prison sentence for the rapper, whose birth name is Rakim Mayers.
Video released by TMZ showing the fight appeared to show Rocky throw someone to the ground. Rocky was in the country to headline the Smash x Stadion hip-hop concert on July 2.
President Donald Trump was heavily involved in Rocky’s case.
“Sweden has let our African American Community down in the United States,” Trump tweeted on July 25.
“I watched the tapes of A$AP Rocky, and he was being followed and harassed by troublemakers. Treat Americans fairly! #FreeRocky.”
Sweden has also faced allegations of racial profiling, and Rocky’s lawyer said that he was held in “inhumane” conditions.
Rocky, who has been nominated for two Grammys, had recieved support from celebrities including Sean “Diddy” Combs and Justin Bieber, and members of Congress.
More than 648,000 people signed a Change.org petition demanding his release.