Finally, after many weeks of controversy and worry, A$AP Rocky has finally received the verdict for his assault trial.
As for what decision was made, the Stockholm-based judge ruled the iconic 30-year-old creative as guilty, along with two other members of the rapper’s entourage. Consequently, A$AP Rocky
Consequently, Rocky has been ordered to pay kr12,500 SEK in total to the victim, a figure that equates to approximately £1,079. Furthermore, the rapper, born Rakim Mayers, was also given a suspended sentence of two years probation with no additional jail time. This, of course, isn’t ideal for the A$AP Mob frontman, however, at least he doesn’t have to return to the country, something which the rapper stated he wouldn’t do again.
Many rumours have been circulating online regarding the state of A$AP Rocky and his recent assault charge, however, now that he has spoken out in Swedish court a little more accurate light has been shed on his case.
As for what took place, both Rocky, the assault accuser, named Mustafa Jafari, and both party’s defence lawyers spoke out during a cross-examination process, something that finally gave us a better idea as to what took place. Furthermore, Thanks to BBC News‘ Larissa Kennelly and Maddy Savage live-tweeting the whole court case, everyone online got to find out what was going down as the events unfolded in realtime.
The most important details that came out are as follows:
- Mustafa claimed he was unaware of Rocky’s celebrity status
- None of the videos showed Rocky or his friends holding any objects
- Rocky admitted to picking up a bottle but stated that he put it down soon after once he realised it was “stupid”
- What could be an incriminating text message was sent by Rocky’s assistant, who stated: “Harlem came out and smashed a bottle on a person”
If you want to read through all of the tweets that were posted by the BBC journalists then you can do so below.
AUDIO AND SKETCHES: #ASAPRocky testified at his assault trial in Sweden that he did everything possible to avoid conflict with two men he said persistently followed his entourage in Stockholm, saying that one of the men picked a fight with one of his bodyguards. pic.twitter.com/8a2gPqNjOS— AP Entertainment (@APEntertainment) 1 August 2019
#ASAPRocky says he saw alleged victim hit the security guard with his headphones. “At this point everything seemed strange….it got a little scary for us”— Maddy Savage (@maddysavage) 1 August 2019
“He was fearless, his eyes were all weird, he came up to a big bodyguard and asked us questions he knew we couldn’t answer. He looked like he was on drugs,” #ASAPRocky says of Mustafa Jafari’s behaviour on night of brawl in Stockholm that led to his assault charge— Kim Hjelmgaard (@khjelmgaard) 1 August 2019
#ASAPRocky says his bodyguard knows he has to protect him at all costs but that he is not a naturally violent person— Kim Hjelmgaard (@khjelmgaard) 1 August 2019
We’re back from a break and a lawyer for David Rispers, Jr., one of the accused in this assault case, is asking the plaintiff if he drank alcohol/took drugs around the time of the alleged #ASAPRocky incident. Mustafa Jafari, who is from Afghanistan, has a prior drugs conviction— Kim Hjelmgaard (@khjelmgaard) 1 August 2019
#ASAPRocky says he held a bottle “momentarily” and then put it down after he realised it was “stupid” to have it in his hand. Says bodyguard asked girls to ring police because they didn’t have the number for police in Sweden. They tried to get an Uber but couldn’t— Maddy Savage (@maddysavage) 1 August 2019
ASAP Rocky questioned on what he did in the fight. Admits to punching arm of alleged victim. Court has now stopped for short break. #ASAPRocky— Larissa Kennelly (@LarissaKennelly) 1 August 2019
We’re seeing some potentially incriminating text messages now that prosecutors are implying were sent by #ASAPRocky’s assistant: “Harlem came out and smashed a bottle on a person.” The implication is that “Harlem” is #ASAPRocky. He’s from New York— Kim Hjelmgaard (@khjelmgaard) 1 August 2019
“I have spent a month in Sweden. This is my 5th or 6th time here. I have seen the most beautiful architecture. And the not so nice things … People have said I could be compensated … What I want is justice. I want my name to be cleared. Justice for all of us” #ASAPRocky— Kim Hjelmgaard (@khjelmgaard) 1 August 2019