A$AP Rocky found guilty of assault in Sweden, but will not serve more jail time
A$AP Rocky has been found guilty of assault in Sweden, The New York Times reports. He was given suspended sentence and will be forced to pay the plaintiff's costs, but will not be given any more jail time. The judge ruled that he spent enough time in Swedish custody already. Two members of his entourage were also found guilty of assault. Rocky was not present in the courtroom.
Rocky was arrested after he and his crew got into a brawl in Stockholm on June 30. He was held in Swedish custody for weeks until he was finally released on August 2 while he awaited his verdict. He performed in Anaheim this past weekend and said on stage, "What I experienced was crazy... it was a scary, humbling experience."
Rocky and his two companions had pleaded not guilty and claimed self-defense. The Associated Press reports that the courts said they “were not in a situation” where they were entitled to self-defense and that they “assaulted the victim by hitting and kicking him.”
Stay tuned for any further updates on this story.
UPDATE (4 PM): A$AP Rocky posted a statement to his Instagram, writing: "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."