A$AP Rocky was found guilty of assault for his role in a Stockholm street fight.
“I am of course disappointed by today’s verdict,” Rocky wrote on Instagram Wednesday. “Imma keep moving forward. Thank you to my team, my management, attorneys, label and everyone who advocated for justice.”
He continued: “I want to say thanks again to all of my fans, friends, and everyone who showed me love during this difficult time.”
Rocky, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, was sentenced Wednesday to “conditional sentences,” meaning he won’t have to serve any additional jail time unless he commits another similar crime in Sweden. He was also ordered to pay a fine of $1,307 (12,500 kronor).
The musician and his two bodyguards were released on Aug 2. after serving nearly a month behind bars while awaiting trial.
‘I’m so happy to be here right now’: A$AP Rocky thanks supporters in first performance since Sweden arrest
The 30-year-old rapper pleaded self-defense during his trial, claiming two men were harassing his entourage. Rocky told the Stockholm District Court that one of the men picked a fight with his bodyguard after he pleaded with them to stop following his group.
But, the Swedish courts determined Wednesday that Rocky and his two bodyguards were “not subject to a current or imminent criminal attack” and “were not in a situation where they were entitled to self-defense.”
Rocky’s defense lawyer, Slobodan Jovicic, said he was hoping for a “complete acquittal” and expressed disappointment in Wednesday’s verdict. It’s not clear if they will appeal.
USA TODAY has reached out to Rocky’s representative for comment.
Prosecutors alleged that Rocky and his bodyguards – David Rispers Jr. and Bladimir Corniel – beat and kicked 19-year-old Mustafa Jafari while he was on the ground during the brawl. They said Jafari was hit with parts of or a whole bottle.
The prosecution played video footage in court showing Rocky throwing a young man to the ground, and photos showed the alleged victim’s cuts, bruises and blood-stained clothes.
Testifying in court, Jafari said his memory of the events was confused because of the blows to his head during the brawl. He had told police earlier that he got angry as his headphones were broken during the initial argument with a bodyguard.
Rocky’s high-profile assault case and subsequent detention attracted national attention from many celebrities and musicians, including Sean “Diddy” Combs and Justin Bieber, who actively called for his release through the #JusticeForRocky social media campaign.
The issue also became the topic of a U.S.-Swedish diplomatic spat.
President Donald Trump intervened on behalf of the rapper while he was jailed, and called Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, offering to personally guarantee bail, but the Swedish leader said he couldn’t interfere in a legal case. Trump later cheered the release of Mayers and his bodyguards.
Contributing: The Associated Press
Read or Share this story: https://www.usatoday.com/story/entertainment/celebrities/2019/08/14/a-ap-rockys-sweden-assault-case-verdict-expected-delivered/2005837001/