A Swedish court convicted U.S. rapper A$AP Rocky of assault and handed down a suspended sentence on Wednesday following a high-profile trial that led President Donald Trump to question the fairness of Sweden’s legal system.
The artist, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, had pleaded self-defence and said he had tried to avoid a confrontation with two men who he said were persistently following his entourage on 30 June in the Swedish capital. One of them picked a fight with one of Mayers’ bodyguards, the rapper told the Stockholm district court.
The 30-year-old rapper and his two bodyguards were released on 2 August pending the verdict. All three have returned to the US and are not legally obliged to be present in Stockholm.
The court also convicted two members of A$AP Rocky’s entourage of the same crime.
“In an overall assessment the court finds that the assault has not been of such a serious nature that a prison sentence must be chosen” the court said in a statement.
“The defendants are therefore sentenced to conditional sentences.”
Have a story to tell, or images to share on a breaking news story? Send them to Shakarasquare WhatsApp or call