A$AP Rocky Convicted of Assault in Sweden and Fined $1,300

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A$AP Rocky Convicted of Assault in Sweden and Fined $1,300
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A$AP Rocky Convicted of Assault in Sweden and Fined $1,300
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Earlier today, American musician A$AP Rocky was convicted of assault in Sweden. As part of the conviction, Rocky and his two bodyguards were ordered to pay a little over $1,300 to the alleged victim. Many Americans, including President Trump, condemned Sweden for jailing the rapper.

Video of the incident has been circulating online since the scuffle took place in late July. The footage shows Rocky and his entourage repeatedly attempting to avoid confrontation with two men on the streets of Stockholm. The men repeatedly provoke Rocky and his bodyguards until a fight breaks out.

Even President Trump admitted to watching the videos online, calling them a clear example of self-defense. However, Swedish courts rejected Rocky’s claim that he was simply defending himself. According to the courts, Rocky and his entourage “were not in a situation” that allowed them to legally defend themselves.

Much of the three-day trial centered around the alleged use of a glass bottle during the fight. The presiding judge in the case said he believed a bottle was used during the fight, but he was unable to determine whether it was swung by Rocky or one of his bodyguards.

The alleged victim in the case is a 19-year-old Afghani immigrant named Mustafa Jafari. Although Jafari instigated the confrontation, he was seeking over $14,500 in damages from the courts. American legal analysts have noted, nearly universally, that the brawl would have been viewed as an act of self-defense in the US justice system.

Rocky was released from a Swedish jail about two weeks ago. The development came shortly after President Trump sent Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs Robert O’Brien to observe the legal proceedings. O’Brien personally delivered a letter to Swedish authorities urging them to release Rocky and his bodyguards “as soon as possible to avoid potentially negative consequences.”

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