A$AP Rocky found guilty of assault by Swedish court

A Swedish court on Wednesday convicted American rapper A$AP Rocky of assault for beating a young man during a street fight in Stockholm.

A Stockholm court issued a suspended sentence to the musician, whose real name is Rakim Mayers. Two members of his entourage were handed a similar verdict.

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The 30-year-old artist had pleaded not guilty and claimed he acted in self-defense when two men were following him during the June 30 altercation.

The court said the defendants "assaulted the victim by hitting and kicking him" and "were not in a situation" to act in self-defense.

"In an overall assessment the court finds that the assault has not been of such a serious nature that a prison sentence must be chosen" the court said in a statement.

"The defendants are therefore sentenced to conditional sentences."

Prosecutors had asked for up to six-months in prison for Mayers.

The 19-year-old victim was also awarded damages.

The case gained notoriety after US President Donald Trump publicly lobbied Sweden's government to release the rapper, though Sweden rebuked Trump by saying they could not interfere with the country's justice system.

Mayers and his two bodyguards were freed from a jail in Sweden on August 2 where they had been in detention since early July.

The rapper had described the monthlong time in jail as "difficult and humbling."

cw/aw (AP, dpa, Reuters)

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