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Swedish court finds rapper A$AP Rocky guilty of assault

Rapper A$AP Rocky.
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Rapper A$AP Rocky.

STOCKHOLM (AP) — A Swedish court has found American rapper A$AP Rocky guilty of assault for his role in a June 30 street brawl in Stockholm.

The artist, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, earlier pleaded self-defense and said he had tried to avoid a confrontation with two men who were persistently following his entourage. One of them picked a fight with one of Mayers’ two bodyguards, the rapper told the Stockholm District Court.

The court said the defendants ‘‘were not in a situation’’ where they were entitled to self-defense and that they ‘‘assaulted the victim by hitting and kicking him.’’ As a result, the three defendants were ‘‘convicted of assault and sentenced to conditional sentences.’’

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That means the three face no prison sentence in Sweden unless they commit a similar offense in the country again.

The three were released Aug. 2 pending the verdict. All returned to the United States and are not legally obliged to be present in Stockholm.