US rapper A$AP Rocky found guilty of assault

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

News 12 Staff

Aug 14, 2019, 12:47 PM

Updated 1,706 days ago

Share:

STOCKHOLM (AP) - The Latest on A$AP Rocky's trial for assault in Stockholm (all times local):
  
2:25 p.m.
  
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-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."
  
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.
  
___
  
9:10 a.m.
  
A Swedish court will rule Wednesday whether American rapper A$AP Rocky is 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-defense 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' bodyguards, the rapper told the Stockholm District Court.
  
If convicted, he faces up to two years in prison.
  
The 30-year-old rapper and his two bodyguards were released Aug. 2 pending the verdict. All three have returned to the United States and are not legally obliged to be present in Stockholm.
  
The issue led to a U.S.-Swedish diplomatic spat.

(Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

8/14/2019 8:26:35 AM (GMT -4:00)


More from News 12
1:54
Police: 1 man dead, another in critical condition in Mott Haven shooting

Police: 1 man dead, another in critical condition in Mott Haven shooting

1:59
'I can't even use my bedroom.' Mott Haven resident details slew of problems plaguing her apartment

'I can't even use my bedroom.' Mott Haven resident details slew of problems plaguing her apartment

1:54
Spring warmth in full effect with sunshine, temps in the 70s through Tuesday for NYC

Spring warmth in full effect with sunshine, temps in the 70s through Tuesday for NYC

0:39
Police: 2 suspects wanted for stealing clothes at Foot Locker in Melrose

Police: 2 suspects wanted for stealing clothes at Foot Locker in Melrose

0:37
Plan to bring 4 new Metro-North stations in the Bronx to be discussed at public hearing

Plan to bring 4 new Metro-North stations in the Bronx to be discussed at public hearing

2:05
Community advocates say they'll call for changes in aftermath of NYPD's decision in Kawaski Trawick case

Community advocates say they'll call for changes in aftermath of NYPD's decision in Kawaski Trawick case

0:25
Police: Man who punched 9-year-old girl at Grand Central Terminal arrested

Police: Man who punched 9-year-old girl at Grand Central Terminal arrested

0:43
NYPD: Victims identified, arrest made in Fordham crash that killed 2

NYPD: Victims identified, arrest made in Fordham crash that killed 2

1:22
FDNY: Cement truck overturns on Cross Bronx Expressway entrance ramp in West Farms

FDNY: Cement truck overturns on Cross Bronx Expressway entrance ramp in West Farms

1:40
Demonstrators outside Kings Plaza Mall push for changes to immigration policy

Demonstrators outside Kings Plaza Mall push for changes to immigration policy

1:27
NYPD deploys resources to places of worship amid increased Middle East tensions

NYPD deploys resources to places of worship amid increased Middle East tensions

1:27
Lickety Split Ice Cream in City Island to mark 20 years in business

Lickety Split Ice Cream in City Island to mark 20 years in business

0:35
2 men arrested, accused in Fordham jewelry store armed robbery

2 men arrested, accused in Fordham jewelry store armed robbery

2:04
CDC: Most women do not get a mammogram because of financial difficulties

CDC: Most women do not get a mammogram because of financial difficulties

0:58
Police: 3 New York City residents arrested for organized retail theft at New Jersey mall

Police: 3 New York City residents arrested for organized retail theft at New Jersey mall

0:32
MTA police: Man punched 9-year-old girl in face at Grand Central Terminal

MTA police: Man punched 9-year-old girl in face at Grand Central Terminal

1:41
Street vendors on Fordham Road say rise in summonses is making it difficult to make a living

Street vendors on Fordham Road say rise in summonses is making it difficult to make a living

1:32
NYPD: Crash in Fordham leaves 2 men dead

NYPD: Crash in Fordham leaves 2 men dead

1:39
What you need to know about this weekend's L train closure

What you need to know about this weekend's L train closure

0:22
Police: 14-year-old girl from Soundview reported missing

Police: 14-year-old girl from Soundview reported missing