A$AP Rocky Found Guilty, Avoids Jail Time

The rapper was accused of assault in Stockholm
Rakim Mayers, aka A$AP Rocky, arrives at the Gucci Cruise 2020 at Musei Capitolini on May 28, 2019
Photo credit Vittorio Zunino Celotto / Staff

A Swedish court has found A$AP Rocky guilty of assault, but the rapper will not be forced to serve jail time.

Rocky, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, was handed a conditional sentence after the court deemed the incident not "of such a serious nature" that it warrants more time behind bars. Prosecutors had asked the court to sentence him to at least six months in jail.

Rocky was arrested in July after he and members of his entourage engaged in a street fight with a 19-year-old man. He was released from custody earlier this month as he awaited the verdict.

The case against Rocky gained worldwide attention, with even President Trump weighing in via tweet, and the U.S. government warning Sweden of "negative consequences" in his support.

Rocky was in Sweden for a music festival, and claims that he was unfairly treated because he was black. The rapper and two other accused of assault claim they acted in self-defense after being approached while sightseeing.

A$AP Rocky performed at a festival this weekend for the first time since returning to the US from Sweden, telling the crowd how relieved he was to be home. “I’m so happy to be here right now y’all can’t even understand it,” he told the crowd. "That was a scary humbling experience but I’m here right now. God is good.”