A$AP Rocky Guilty of Assault, Faces No More Jail Time, To Get Career Back On Track

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ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 11: Rapper ASAP Rocky performs onstage during the 92.3 Real Street Festival at Honda Center on August 11, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Scott Dudelson/Getty Images)

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A$AP Rocky has been found guilty of assault during a fight in Sweden. The American rapper has been given a suspended sentence – meaning he faces no more jail time and is set to get his lucrative career back on track.

Rocky, 30, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, canceled festival shows such as Wireless in London and Longitude in Dublin because he was held in custody in a detention center for nearly a month during July. After he was released in advance of the verdict, he performed at the Real Street Festival in California where he said of the arrest: “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. I need you to keep praying for me.” He had “nothing against Swedish people.”

He will headline the Finland Blockfest in Finland on Friday.

Two members of his entourage, Bladimir Corniel and David Rispers, were found guilty of the same charge. They will avoid prison as long as they commit no other crimes during the two-year probation period. The court also ordered the three to pay damages of about $1,300 to their victim. The trio claimed that they had been acting to defend themselves against a man persistently following them during the June incident.

The Harlem-born star was at No. 13 on the Forbes list of The World's Highest-Paid Hip-Hop Acts in 2016, with $14.5 million earnings from 62 shows and a six-figure average nightly gross.

The presiding judge, Per Lennerbrant, ruled that the assault was not sufficiently serious to warrant a jail term. It said the star and bodyguards were “not in a situation where they were entitled to self-defence” and they assaulted a 19-year-old refugee “by hitting and kicking him as he lay on the ground.” The man was left bleeding and in need of medical treatment. The court said there was not enough proof that bottles had been used during the assault on the refugee, Mustafa Jafari. Prosecutors had demanded a six-month sentence.

President Donald Trump intervened in the case at one point, claiming that the star’s treatment was unfair and he had spoken to Sweden’s Prime Minister after a conversation with Kanye West and Kim Kardashian West.

A social media campaign called #JusticeForRocky also pressed for his release, backed by Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, Shawn Mendes and Justin Bieber, while the Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs, Robert C. O’Brien, attended the trial.

Swedish politicians and court officials said they would rely on evidence and the rule of law rather than any exterior pressure. A$AP Rocky thanked the court for his release on August 2 – a move seen by legal experts as a sign that he was not going to face a jail term. If he were found not guilty, he may have had a case for compensation. It is not clear if he will appeal the case.

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A$AP Rocky has been found guilty of assault during a fight in Sweden. The American rapper has been given a suspended sentence – meaning he faces no more jail time and is set to get his lucrative career back on track.

Rocky, 30, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, canceled festival shows such as Wireless in London and Longitude in Dublin because he was held in custody in a detention center for nearly a month during July. After he was released in advance of the verdict, he performed at the Real Street Festival in California where he said of the arrest: “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. I need you to keep praying for me.” He had “nothing against Swedish people.”

He will headline the Finland Blockfest in Finland on Friday.

Two members of his entourage, Bladimir Corniel and David Rispers, were found guilty of the same charge. They will avoid prison as long as they commit no other crimes during the two-year probation period. The court also ordered the three to pay damages of about $1,300 to their victim. The trio claimed that they had been acting to defend themselves against a man persistently following them during the June incident.

The Harlem-born star was at No. 13 on the Forbes list of The World's Highest-Paid Hip-Hop Acts in 2016, with $14.5 million earnings from 62 shows and a six-figure average nightly gross.

The presiding judge, Per Lennerbrant, ruled that the assault was not sufficiently serious to warrant a jail term. It said the star and bodyguards were “not in a situation where they were entitled to self-defence” and they assaulted a 19-year-old refugee “by hitting and kicking him as he lay on the ground.” The man was left bleeding and in need of medical treatment. The court said there was not enough proof that bottles had been used during the assault on the refugee, Mustafa Jafari. Prosecutors had demanded a six-month sentence.

President Donald Trump intervened in the case at one point, claiming that the star’s treatment was unfair and he had spoken to Sweden’s Prime Minister after a conversation with Kanye West and Kim Kardashian West.

A social media campaign called #JusticeForRocky also pressed for his release, backed by Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, Shawn Mendes and Justin Bieber, while the Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs, Robert C. O’Brien, attended the trial.

Swedish politicians and court officials said they would rely on evidence and the rule of law rather than any exterior pressure. A$AP Rocky thanked the court for his release on August 2 – a move seen by legal experts as a sign that he was not going to face a jail term. If he were found not guilty, he may have had a case for compensation. It is not clear if he will appeal the case.

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