A$AP Rocky Guilty of Assault, Swedish Court Finds

It's somewhat of a victory as the rapper will serve no more jail time

A$AP Rocky Found Guilty of Assault
A$AP Rocky on November 30, 2018 in Tokyo, Japan. (Jun Sato/WireImage)
By Evan Bleier / August 14, 2019 9:16 am

It sounds counterintuitive, but A$AP Rocky being found guilty of assault on Wednesday by judges in a Stockholm courtroom was actually a victory for the rapper.

Though Rocky was found guilty, he will not serve any more jail time after already spending more than a month in a Swedish detention center.

Rocky was standing trial for punching and kicking a man, Mustafa Jafari, during a street brawl in Stockholm.

According to Rocky, he was acting in self-defense after the 19-year-old repeatedly harassed the rapper’s entourage and threw a punch at his bodyguard.

Though judges found Rocky’s defense flimsy, they ruled he had already served enough time behind bars and gave him a conditional sentence.

While Rocky was jailed, Kanye West and Kim Kardashian lobbied the Trump administration to help free the rapper and the president even tweeted about the matter.

Trump also sent a special envoy for hostage affairs, Robert O’Brien, to watch over the trial in Sweden.

When Rocky was released before a ruling was issued in the case, Trump welcomed him back to the U.S. on Twitter.

Once freed, Rocky played a show in California and addressed the crowd during the show. “It was a scary, humbling experience but I’m here right now,” he said. “God is good. People who ain’t even f*ck with me felt sympathy. People was praying for me. That uplifted me when my spirits was low. I can’t thank y’all enough, man, that was crazy. Hip-hop never looked so strong together.”

Editor’s Note: RealClearLife, a news and lifestyle publisher, is now a part of InsideHook. Together, we’ll be covering current events, pop culture, sports, travel, health and the world. Subscribe here for our free daily newsletter.

Daily Brief

15 Things to Know Today, from RealClearLife

August 18, 2019 August 17, 2019 August 16, 2019