ASAP Rocky Found Guilty of Assault in Sweden. Will He Face More Jail Time?
A$AP Rocky has had a rough couple of weeks. What he probably thought would be an ordinary day turned into one of the most harrowing experiences of his life.
Rocky, né Rakim Mayers, better known as A$AP, was taken into custody in Stockholm, Sweden after an altercation on the street. He was kept in custody for a full month and released on August 2nd. The situation sparked outcry from United States officials who tried to work with the Swedish government to get the rapper released.
What happened to A$AP Rocky?
A$AP testified that the alleged assault occurred while he was trying to download an app to use an electric scooter. During this time, his bodyguard was approached by the alleged victim, Mustafa Jafari.
“Things got a little weird,” the rapper said in his Aug 1. testimony, according to CNN. “We thought that the behavior of these guys was strange, it got a bit scary.”
He went on to say that he thought that Jafari was on drugs at the time. A$AP claimed that he tried to walk away from Jafari and his friend but was followed.
“At this point, we are really scared. I saw my security guard being cut, bleeding. We didn’t know what to expect with these strangers — I’m not from Sweden, so it was really scary,” he said, according to the outlet. “I wanted to go straight to the hotel for safety. I didn’t want this to happen.”
Jafari and his legal team had a very different account of what happened. Stockholm public prosecutor Daniel Suneson alleged that A$AP threw Jafari on the ground and two member’s of the rapper’s entourage beat him while he was down.
A$AP’s charges and projected jail time
Though he pled not guilty to the charges, A$AP and two members of his crew, Bladimir Corniel and David Rispers, were convicted of assault by the Stockholm District Court yesterday.
They have all been given suspended sentences and were ordered to pay around $1,300 in damages to the victim, according to NBC News .
A$AP will not have to return to jail.
After being released, the rapper made his performing debut last Sunday at 92.3’s Real Street Festival in Anaheim.
“What I experienced was crazy…I’m so happy to be here right now,” he said at the event. “That was a scary, humbling experience but I’m here right now. God is good. People who ain’t even f— with me felt sympathy, sympathetic for my situation. People was praying for me, that uplifted me when my spirits was.. I can’t thank y’all enough, man, that was crazy. Hip-hop never looked so strong together.”
He also took to Instagram to thank the people who supported him.
“Thank you from the bottom of my heart to all of my fans, friends, and anyone across the globe who supported me during the last few weeks,” he wrote. “I can’t begin to describe how grateful I am for all of you. This has been a very difficult and humbling experience. I want to thank the court for allowing me, Bladi, and Thoto to return to our family and friends. Thanks again for all of the love and support.”