A$AP Rocky found guilty of assault

A Swedish court has found American rapper A$AP Rocky guilty of assault for his role in a June 30 street brawl in Stockholm. (Aug. 14)

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A$AP Rocky convicted of assault, gets suspended sentence | AFP

A Stockholm court convicts US rapper A$AP Rocky of assault and handed him a suspended sentence over a street brawl in June, a case that outraged fans and sparked a diplomatic spat with US President Donald Trump. The 30-year-old rapper, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, and two members of his entourage were found guilty of assaulting a 19-year-old in a fight in central Stockholm on June 30. SOUNDBITE

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ShowBiz Minute: A$AP Rocky, Domingo, BTS

Swedish court finds American rapper A$AP Rocky guilty of assault; LA Opera to investigate Placido Domingo over accusations; Rep: K-pop superstar group BTS will take break, but brief. (Aug. 14)

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A$AP Rocky’s mother leaves court at end of trial | AFP

The mother of US rapper A$AP Rocky, Renee Black, leaves a Stockholm courthouse at the end of her son’s trial over an alleged assault. The rapper was released pending the verdict. IMAGES

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US envoy says he informed Trump over A$AP Rocky trial | AFP

The US Special presidential envoy for hostage affairs Robert C. O’Brien tells reporters that he has informed President Donald Trump that rapper A$AP Rocky has been released at the end of his trial over an alleged assault pending the verdict. SOUNDBITE

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Trump Doesn’t Understand How A$AP Rocky’s Swedish Assault Trial Works

Sweden’s assault case against New York rapper A$AP Rocky has turned the internet into a strange vortex of hip-hop fans and armchair law professors, all opining on what should be happening.​ Even the president has gotten involved.

A$AP Rocky, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, and his entourage were involved in a fight on June 30th with two men in Sweden. Days later, Rocky was arrested by Swedish police for aggravated assault.

Since then, he’s been held in jail. If he’s found guilty, the maximum sentence is two years.

Multiple rappers have announced that they will be boycotting Sweden on future tours. President Trump also tweeted at Sweden’s prime minister to demand that Rocky be allowed to come home — and even offered to pay his bail (which he can’t do, because Sweden doesn’t have a bail system).
“Those countries that have a bail system tend to favor people that have large financial resources, that have high social standing in the society and are perhaps famous and rich,” said Dennis Martinson, a lecturer in criminal law at Stockholm University.

Not having bail, he said, is “a way of assuring that everyone is equal in the face of the law as well, that, sort of, you cannot buy your way to freedom.”

VICE NEWS breaks down how this case could have lasting effects on the Swedish legal system and explores Trump’s strange preoccupation with Rocky’s freedom.

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ShowBiz Minute: A$AP Rocky, R Kelly, Perry

A$AP Rocky trial continues; rapper pleads not guilty; R. Kelly to appear in NYC court on sex charges; Katy Perry, others must pay $2.78M for copying song. (Aug. 2)

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Meek Mill: ‘Free A$AP Rocky is here’

At the premiere of his new show looking at the justice system “Free Meek,” rapper Meek Mill discusses A$AP Rocky’s case. (Aug. 2)

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A$AP Rocky’s lawyer updates press on rapper’s status | AFP

A$AP Rocky’s lawyer, Slobodan Jovicic, comments on the US rapper’s state of mind after his day in court. A$AP Rocky, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, was charged with assault after he and his crew get involved in a physical fight with a 19-year-old plaintiff in Stockholm on June 30. SOUNDBITE

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A$AP Rocky testifies, says he tried to avoid fight

A$AP Rocky testified Thursday at his assault trial in Sweden that he did everything possible to avoid conflict with two men he said persistently followed his entourage in Stockholm, saying that one of the men picked a fight with one of his bodyguards. (Aug. 1)

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