A judge in Sweden has found rapper A$AP Rocky guilty for his role in an assault before appearing at a Stockholm music festival.
The rapper, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, arrived back in the U.S. earlier this month after being detained in Sweden since July 3rd. 30-year-old A$AP Rocky was accused of beating 19-year-old Mustafa Jafari outside of a fast-food restaurant in Stockholm on June 30th.
He pleaded not guilty and claimed he was acting in self-defense. According to him, Jafari and another man would not leave him and his two friends, David Rispers Jr., and Bladimir Corniel, alone.
A$AP Rocky and his friends were allowed to leave Stockholm and were not required to be present for the verdict.
The presiding judge, Per Lennerbrant, said that “the evidence in the case has been complex.” While Jafari was struck in the back of the head with a bottle, “it could not be established by whom,” according to Lennerbrant. “This has affected the assessment of the seriousness of the crime.”
Prosecutors allege that A$AP Rocky and his friends, Rispers and Corniel, beat and kicked Jafari while he was on the ground and that Jafari was hit with a bottle. One witness to the assault testified that she didn’t actually see A$AP Rocky hit Jafari with a bottle, which was a key focus of the trial, but she did maintain that she saw him and his friends assaulting Jafari.
Jafari was left with various injuries, including broken ribs. His personal injury attorney, Magnus Stromberg, said that Jafari was seeking about $14,600 in damages.
The courts said that A$AP Rocky and his friends “were not in a situation” where they were entitled to claim self-defense. A$AP Rocky, Rispers, and Corniel avoided prison sentences, but were given conditional sentences. They were also ordered to pay a total of 12,500 kronor in compensation, which is the equivalent of $1,307 in U.S. dollars.
The case drew the attention of A$AP Rocky’s fellow recording artists and other American celebrities, including the likes of Justin Bieber, Kanye West, and Sean “Diddy” Combs. It also became a topic of a U.S.-Swedish diplomatic spat when President Trump unsuccessfully tried to intervene on behalf of the rapper.
While A$AP Rocky was jailed, Trump called Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven and offered to personally guarantee the rapper’s bail. The Swedish Prime Minister said that he couldn’t interfere in a legal case.