US rapper A$AP, who was involved in a fight in central Stockholm on June 30th, was found guilty by a Stockholm court and given a suspended sentence on Wednesday August 14th, AFP reported.
Thirty-year-old A$AP, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, and two members of his entourage were convicted of assaulting a 19-year-old man. Their self-defence argument did not stand.
The trio, who were in Sweden’s capital for a concert, "assaulted the victim by hitting and kicking him as he lay on the ground," the court wrote in its verdict.
"The artist also threw the victim to the ground and stepped on his arm," it said, adding that the three men were "not in a situation where they were entitled to self-defence."
The victim was awarded $1,300 in compensation. Slobodan Jovicic, Mayers’ lawyer, said the verdict had greatly “disappointed" A$AP, adding, "We had hoped for an acquittal.” He said it was not clear yet if Mayers will appeal.
Mayers was detained for a month over fears of a "flight risk" before leaving for the US.
President Trump, who delegated US Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs Robert C O'Brien to be present at the trial, angered Swedish politicians when he urged Stockholm to set Mayers free.