The ruling – a victory of sorts for the rapper – comes in a case that has gripped the music world, as well as President Trump.


The rapper ASAP Rocky in Paris in 2017. A court in Stockholm found Rocky guilty of assault on Wednesday. Credit Credit Patrick Kovarik/Agence France-Presse – Getty Images

STOCKHOLM – It looked like a small-time assault case, but, somehow, it swept up Kim Kardashian West, President Trump and the United States’ top hostage negotiator. And on Wednesday it reached its climax, when judges in Stockholm found the rapper ASAP Rocky guilty of assault.

But he will not serve any more jail time, having already spent over a month in a Swedish detention center.

Swedish prosecutors had asked for Rocky to be given a six-month prison sentence for his part in a street brawl in Stockholm on June 30 that left a 19-year-old man bleeding and needing medical treatment.

Rocky said this month during the trial that he had acted in self-defense when he threw the man, Mustafa Jafari, to the ground, and then, along with two members of his entourage, punched and kicked him.

Mr. Jafari had repeatedly harassed the rapper’s entourage, and had thrown a punch at his bodyguard just before the attack, Rocky said.

The judges found his defense unconvincing, but they decided Rocky had already served enough time andgave him a conditional sentence. Seen as a flight risk, Rocky had been kept in the detention center from July 5, while the case was investigated, until the trial ended on Aug. 2.

Mr. Trump became a close watcher of the case after the rap superstar Kanye West asked his wife, Ms. Kardashian West, to seek White House help in winning Rocky’s release from jail.

The president ramped up the pressure on Sweden, a longtime ally, beginning with a cordial phone call to the prime minister, then critical messages on Twitter, and, finally, by dispatching a special envoy for hostage affairs, Robert O’Brien, to watch over the trial.

In a letter to Swedish officials during the trial, Mr. O’Brien warned of “negative consequences” for American-Swedish relations if Rocky, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, was not released.

Swedish officials, including the prime minister, said repeatedly that they would not intervene in the case, citing the rule of law.

The verdict was not a complete surprise. On Aug. 2, at the end of the trial, the judge …read more

Source:: Daily Times


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ASAP Rocky Found Guilty of Assault, but Will Serve No More Jail Time

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