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A$AP Rocky, Bodyguards Assaulted Man on ground

A$AP Rocky, Bodyguards Assaulted Man on ground

Created: August 14, 2019 01:13 PM

STOCKHOLM (AP) -   A Swedish court that found American rapper A$AP Rocky guilty of assault for his role in a June 30 street brawl in Stockholm says he and his two bodyguards "assaulted the victim by hitting and kicking him as he lay on the ground."
    
During the trial, prosecutors played video footage that showed the rapper, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, throwing a young man to the ground.
    
Per Lennerbrant, the presiding judge told a news conference that "the evidence in the case has been complex."

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A$AP Rocky, earlier pleaded self-defense and said he had tried to avoid a confrontation with two men who were persistently following his entourage.  One of them picked a fight with one of Mayers' two bodyguards, the rapper told the Stockholm District Court.
    
The court said the defendants "were not in a situation" where they were entitled to self-defense and that they "assaulted the victim by hitting and kicking him." As a result, the three defendants were "convicted of assault and sentenced to conditional sentences.
    
The victim, 19-year-old Mustafa Jafari, was struck in the back of the head with a bottle but "it could not be established by whom," he said, adding that "this has affected the assessment of the seriousness of the crime."
    
The three avoided prison sentences. They were given conditional sentences and also ordered to a pay a total of 12,500 kronor ($1,307) in compensation. That means the three face no prison sentence in Sweden unless they commit a similar offense in the country again.
    
The three were released Aug. 2 pending the verdict. All returned to the United States and are not legally obliged to be present in Stockholm.
    
 

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