US rapper A$AP Rocky has been found guilty of assault and handed a conditional sentence after a street brawl in Stockholm.
CNN reports: The performer and two members of his entourage were convicted by a Swedish court on Wednesday, following a confrontation in the Swedish capital on June 30.
Stockholm District Court said in its ruling that the performer’s claim of self-defense had been rejected.
“The defendants have claimed that they acted in self-defense. Based on statements from two witnesses, the court finds that the defendants were not subject to a current or imminent criminal attack. Therefore, they were not in a situation where they were entitled to use violence in self-defense. Nor could they have perceived themselves to be in such a situation.”
Swedish public prosecutor Daniel Suneson had argued during the trial that the artist and the two other men — David Rispers and Bladimir Corniel — assaulted the victim by kicking and beating him with a whole or part of a glass bottle while he lay on the ground.
Known for his song “Praise the Lord,” the 30-year-old rapper — whose real name is Rakim Mayers — was released by Swedish authorities at the conclusion of the trial on August 2 and left the country shortly afterward.
He was not required to appear in court for Wednesday’s ruling.
The incident angered fans and fellow artists, and strained diplomatic relations with the United States after President Donald Trump repeatedly demandedthe rapper’s release, even raising the issue with Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven.
Source:By Lauren Said-Moorhouse and Per Nyberg, CNN