A Swedish court found rapper A$AP Rocky guilty in the assault case that drew international attention and an intervention by President Trump.
But Rocky won’t have to serve any time. Prosecutors had petitioned for a 6-month prison sentence, but the four-judge panel decided the charges didn’t merit prison time. Instead, Rocky and his co-defendants were each ordered to pay restitution in the amount of 12,500 Swedish kronor —nearly $1,300 in USD— for pain and suffering.
Rocky, real name Rakim Mayers, who spent close to a month in Swedish lockup, was arrested on July 5 after a fight between him, members of his entourage, and 19-year-old Mustafa Jafari, who had been following the group. Claiming Jafari was harassing them, Rocky stated at trial he was acting in self-defense when he, along with two members of his entourage, threw Jafari to the ground, punching and kicking him. But the judges rejected that defense with Senior Judge Per Lennerbrant saying, “Based on two witness statements, the court finds the defendants were not subject to imminent attack.”
Rocky remained locked up until the trial ended on August 2. He was allowed to return to the U.S. while judges decided the outcome of the trial.
Though not facing jail time, Rocky posted on Instagram that he was “disappointed” in the verdict,
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I AM OF COURSE DISAPPOINTED BY TODAY’S VERDICT. I WANT TO SAY THANKS AGAIN TO ALL OF MY FANS, FRIENDS, AND EVERYONE WHO SHOWED ME LOVE DURING THIS DIFFICULT TIME. IMMA KEEP MOVING FORWARD. THANK YOU TO MY TEAM, MY MANAGEMENT, ATTORNEYS, LABEL AND EVERYONE WHO ADVOCATED FOR JUSTICE. 🙏🏿