US rapper A$AP Rocky found guilty of assault in Sweden

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A Swedish court has found American rapper A$AP Rocky guilty of assault for his role in a June 30 street brawl in Stockholm.

The artist, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, earlier pleaded self-defence and said he had tried to avoid a confrontation with two men who he said 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 courts said the defendants “were not in a situation” where they were entitled to self-defence 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 30-year-old rapper and his two bodyguards were detained for two weeks by Swedish police, following their arrests.

Because of his detention, A$AP Rocky had to cancel multiple European shows in July.

The trio were released on August 2, pending the verdict. All three have returned to the United States and are not legally obliged to be present in Stockholm.

The case, which has attracted worldwide attention and support for A$AP Rocky from many celebrities such as Kim Kardashian West and Jada Pinkett Smith, also received an extraordinary intervention from Donald Trump, who sent the top U.S. official in charge of hostage affairs to attend the trial in Stockholm.

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