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It’s one of the most controversial court cases in pop culture today and it just reached a verdict. A judge in Sweden found A$AP Rocky and two members of his entourage, Bladimir Corniel and David Risper, guilty of assault. Though he will not return to Stolkholm for incarceration, the rapper will pay a fine instead as ordered by the courts.

“I am of course disappointed by today’s verdict. I want to say thanks again to all my fans, friends, and everyone who showed me love during this difficult time. Imma keep moving forward. Thank you to my team, my management, attorneys, label and everyone who advocated for justice.” shared the rapper of the eventual verdict on a recent Instagram post. His case drew international attention, with celebrities and political figures weighing in on the issue. This was especially when authorities detained the rapper in jail for about a month. From Kim Kardashian-West to even US President Donald Trump, influential figures asked the Scandanavian country to release Rocky. 

The alleged incident happened last June 30, 2019. Rocky, born Rakim Athelaston Mayers, and his entourage got into an altercation with Mustafa Jafari, a 19-year-old local. Officials subsequently arrested and put to jail all four men, but released Jafari earlier. But after weeks of public pressure, authorities eventually released Mayers and his acquaintances as they waited for the final verdict. The rapper has since returned to the United States and even performed at a concert in Anaheim, California. “So happy to be here right now. Y’all don’t even understand. I’m so happy to be here. (It was) a scary, humbling experience, but I’m here right now. God is good,” Mayers told his fans present. Despite the guilty verdict, Sweden will no longer seek to have the rapper incarcerated again. They instead gave him a suspended sentence and ordered he pay a fine of 12,500 Swedish krona—around $1,302.00. “The assault has not been of such a serious nature that a prison sentence must be chosen. The defendants are therefore sentenced to conditional sentences.” the court relayed in an official statement. And while Mayers has publicly responded on the verdict through social media, he has yet to comment on the fine. 

Slobodan Jovic, Mayers’s lawyer, openly expressed his disappointment on the verdict as well. He noted that there were several discrepancies to what the courts found to the eventual verdict. “The court has recognized that Rocky and his party were followed and harassed, that no bottle was used, that Rocky didn’t act in a joined attack with the others and that Rocky didn’t inflict any wounds on the victim and that is a win. But the court has also concluded that Rocky didn’t act in self-defense. It’s a conclusion that Rocky and I don’t agree with.” he shared. What do you think of the final verdict? Do you think Sweden treated A$AP Rocky unfairly throughout this ordeal? Do you think the case got bigger than it should have? Share your reactions on our comments section below! 

Image Credits:

  1. A$AP Rocky Featured Image – Highsnobiety.com
  2. Rapper A$AP Rocky – Urban Islandz.com
  3. A$AP Rocky on the Red Carpet – CNN.com