*A Swedish court has found rapper A$AP Rocky guilty of assault for his role in a June 30 street brawl in downtown Stockholm.
The artist, real name is Rakim Mayers, pleaded self-defense during his trial earlier this month and video posted online seems to support his argument that he had tried to avoid a confrontation with the two Afghan migrants who harassed and followed his entourage for several blocks. One of them picked a fight with Rocky’s bodyguard, the rapper told the Stockholm District Court, per msn.com.
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Prosecutors say the alleged victim was acting in self-defense when he hurled his headphones at Rocky’s bodyguard, cutting his head, TMZ reported. They also refused to charged him for punching the bodyguard, claiming he was acting in self-defense.
The court determined the defendants “were not in a situation” that called for self-defense and that they “assaulted the victim by hitting and kicking him.” As a result, the three defendants were “convicted of assault and sentenced to conditional sentences.”
The case hinged on whether A$AP threw a bottle at the victim during the all-out brawl in late June. Prosecutors argued Rocky hurled the bottle and badly cut the guy, but they couldn’t produce a single witness who saw a bottle fly during the melee. Rocky conceded he was holding a bottle for protection, but put it down and it never made contact with the guy.
The judges said prosecutors did not prove the bottle was used to hit the victim. As a result, the judges said the crime did not warrant any further time served, and added Rocky will NOT have to do community service.
Rocky and his two co-defendants face no prison sentence in Sweden unless they commit a similar offense in the country again. They were released Aug. 2 pending the verdict and wasted no time returning to America. They were not legally required to be present in Stockholm for the verdict hearing.
Now, inquiring minds want to know… will A$AP Rocky be granted a work visa to perform in other countries or will he be limited to the US?