Rapper A$AP Rocky was convicted in a Swedish courtroom on Wednesday after an altercation back in June.
On a positive note, the rapper, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, will not be expected to spend any more time in jail as he received a suspended sentence and was ordered to pay damages amounting to $1,309 to Mustafa Jafari, according to the Hollywood Reporter — the charges he faced carried a maximum sentence of two years in prison.
Two other defendants with Rocky, his security detail, received the same sentence that included paying $84 each to a crime victims fund and to cover Jafari’s legal costs.
The case eventually drew President Donald Trump’s attention as Rocky spent nearly five weeks in detention in Sweden before being released Aug. 2.
Rapper Kanye West reached out to Trump for help in the case, which drew a sincere thank you from West’s wife, Kim Kardashian.
“I will be calling the very talented Prime Minister of Sweden to see what we can do about helping A$AP Rocky. So many people would like to see this quickly resolved!” Trump tweeted on July 19.
Odd couple Trump and West teaming up to help rapper detained in Sweden https://t.co/N6mRpwwnrK
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) July 19, 2019
During the altercation, Jafari, 19, was struck in the back of the head with a bottle but “it could not be established by whom,” the presiding judge ruled.
In a video of the incident, Rocky can be heard doing his best to defuse the situation as Jafari refused to stop harassing them.
“We don’t want any problems with these boys, they keep following us,” he says in the video.
“We don’t want to fight ya’ll,” he says at another point. “We’re not trying to go to jail.”
Rocky posted the video on Instagram and he and his security detail are heard telling Jafari repeatedly to walk away from them, that they don’t want any problems.
Jafari persists, getting more and more aggressive with them.
At one point, he is seen swinging on one of the security guards and hitting him in the face with his headphones.
View this post on Instagram
After leaving Sweden, Rocky embarked on a U.S. tour and spoke about his ordeal on Sunday at an event at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.
Suffice it to say, the rapper has a whole new appreciation for being an American.
“I just want to say, what I experienced was crazy. I’m so happy to be here right now, y’all don’t even understand,” he said. “That was a scary, humbling experience, but I’m here right now. God is good.”
As for Sweden, the rapper seemed to give an indication of his feelings in a July 2 post on Instagram — he was detained the day after this post:
View this post on Instagram
- Dems, media uniformly respond with outrage over viral claim Border Patrol is using ‘whips’ on migrants - September 21, 2021
- Biden goes through media to ‘lobby’ France’s Macron to take his call after botched sub deal - September 20, 2021
- Greenwald jumps on ‘servants’ pampering AOC; drops hammer on ‘two-tiered mask system’ in US - September 20, 2021