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A$AP Rocky Found Guilty of Assault in Sweden

But rapper won't have to serve any time
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 14, 2019 7:38 AM CDT
A$AP Rocky, background right, leaves the district court in Stockholm by car, after the third day of his trial, Friday, Aug. 2, 2019.   (Fredrik Persson/TT via AP)
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(Newser) – A Swedish court has found American rapper A$AP Rocky guilty of assault for his role in a June 30 street brawl in Stockholm—but he won't have to serve any time. The artist, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, earlier pleaded self-defense and said he had tried to avoid a confrontation with two men who were persistently following his entourage. One of them picked a fight with one of Mayers' two bodyguards, the rapper told the Stockholm District Court.

The court said the defendants "were not in a situation" where they were entitled to self-defense and that they "assaulted the victim by hitting and kicking him." As a result, the three defendants were "convicted of assault and sentenced to conditional sentences." The AP reports that means the three face no prison sentence in Sweden unless they commit a similar offense in the country again. The three were released Aug. 2 pending the verdict. All returned to the United States and are not legally obliged to be present in Stockholm.

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