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A$AP Rocky found guilty in Swedish street brawl but will only face fine

2019-08-14

A$AP Rocky has been found guilty of assault in Sweden. (Christian Vierig/Getty Images)

A$AP Rocky was found guilty of assault in a Stockholm street brawl, but he won’t have to serve any more time behind bars.

The Harlem-born rapper was convicted by a Swedish judge for his role in the street fight in a case that has attracted the attention of President Trump and New York lawmakers.

The hip-hop artist, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, was hit with a fine and won’t have to return to prison. He had faced up to two years in prison for his role in a June 30 brawl that he says was a case of self defense.

Rocky and two bodyguards were released Aug. 2 pending the verdict. All three have returned to the United States and are unlikely to return to the country

Mayers told the court that 19-year-old Mustafa Jafari and his friend refused to leave the entourage alone despite several appeals, and claimed they appeared to be high.

Prosecutors say that Mayers and his bodyguards — David Rispers, Jr. and Bladimir Corniel — beat and kicked Jafari while he was on the ground. They said Jafari was hit with a bottle.

President Trump repeatedly called for Rocky to be freed and suggested he was the victim of racism after being informed about the case by supporter Kanye West.

Rep. Adriano Espaillat (D-Harlem) and other New York lawmakers also denounced his arrest.