A$AP Rocky has been found guilty of assault in Sweden after a court ruled he and two members of his entourage were not acting in self-defence when they hit and kick a 19-year-old Stockholm man in June.

BBC reports the American rapper was was handed a two-year suspended sentence and probation, sparing him a stint in prison.

He was also ordered to pay compensation to the victim.

“I am of course disappointed by today’s verdict,” he said on Instagram.

“I want to say thanks again to all of my fans, friends, and everyone who showed me love during this difficult time.”

A$AP Rocky, born Rakim Meyers, was arrested in July after video circulated of him hitting a man in the street.

Rocky claimed he had been “followed for four blocks” by a pair of men, and that one of them had hit one of his security guards in the face with a pair of headphones.

As Sweden does not have a bail system, the rapper, along with his associates Bladimir Corniel and David Rispers, spent nearly a month in custody.

His lock-up prompted high-profile friends and even US President Donald Trump to plead for his immediate release.

Rocky was released at the start of the month at the conclusion of the trial’s proceedings, and returned to the US where he awaited the verdict.

“The court has recognised that Rocky and his party were followed and harassed… and that Rocky didn’t inflict any wounds on the victim and that is a win,” his lawyer Slobodan Jovicic told the BBC.

But the final verdict is “a conclusion that Rocky and I don’t agree with,” he added.

Source: BBC
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