A$AP Rocky Found Guilty Of Assault, Handed Suspended Sentence Over Stockholm Brawl

Topline: Rapper A$AP Rocky was handed a suspended sentence after being found guilty of assault in Sweden, concluding a case that saw President Donald Trump call for his freedom.

  • A Swedish court found A$AP Rocky, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, guilty of assault on Tuesday. Two members of his entourage—Bladimir Corniel and David Rispers—were also found guilty.
  • He was freed to return to the U.S. on August 2 pending the verdict, following a trial in which he and two members of his entourage pleaded not guilty. The trio were not legally required to attend court on Wednesday.
  • In his first public performance since returning to the States, he told the crowd at Real Street festival in Anaheim, California, on Sunday: “I just want to say, what I experienced was crazy. I’m so happy to be here right now. Y’all don’t even understand. That was a scary humbling experience.” He added that he hoped he would not have to return to jail.
  • Prosecutors had called for Mayers, from Harlem in New York City, to get six months behind bars.

Crucial quote: Mayers, Corniel and Rispers "assaulted the victim by hitting and kicking him as he lay on the ground. The artist has also thrown the victim to the ground and stepped on his arm," the court found.

Key background: Mayers, Corniel and Rispers were arrested in Stockholm on July 3 following a brawl caught on camera on June 30. They were detained in Sweden for around four weeks and charged with assault. The 30-year-old had performed at the city’s Smash hip-hop festival.

In court, Mayers admitted punching and throwing Musafa Jafari, 19, to the ground, but the rapper and model said he was acting in self-defense after the teenager allegedly attacked his bodyguard.

Donald Trump intervened in the case in hopes to get Mayers freed, speaking to Swedish prime minister Stefan Löfven and accusing Swedish authorities of “letting the African-American community down.” The move caused diplomatic tension, with a spokesman for Löfven saying that the government could not intervene in legal proceedings. Former Swedish prime minister Carl Bildt tweeted that the rule of law applies to everyone equally.

 

Jada Pinkett-Smith was among celebrities calling for his release, while rapper G-Easy said his detention was down to systemic racism. Fans and fellow rappers called for a boycott of Sweden and Swedish-origin brand Ikea.

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