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Here are the top stories for Wednesday, Aug. 14th: Stocks plunge as recession fears grow; Sources says jail guards falsified log entries in Epstein case; Swedish court finds A$AP Rocky guilty of assault; Hong Kong airport reopens.

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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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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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Second day of A$AP Rocky trial opens | AFP

The mother of A$AP Rocky as well as his defence lawyer and the US special envoy for hostage affairs arrive at a court in Stockholm for the second day of the US rapper’s trial on assault charges. IMAGES

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ShowBiz Minute: A$AP, Perry, Lil Nas X

A$AP Rocky trial underway in Sweden; Jury: Katy Perry’s ‘Dark Horse’ copied Christian rap song; Lil Nas X celebrates new Billboard record for most weeks at No.1. (July 30)

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How Benihana Transformed America

Benihana’s founder Hiroaki “Rocky” Aoki, beat his stacked odds by opening a Japanese restaurant in post-WWII America. WWII made Americans fear and resent Japanese culture. Aoki, at first, deliberately banned anything that seemed fishy or slimy, and focused on the main proteins of the American diet, chicken, steak, and shrimp.

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