ASAP Rocky has broken his silence and says he hopes to ‘move forward’ after being found guilty of assault in Sweden.
The rapper was handed a suspended sentence and was ordered to pay a fine over the assault, after a fight broke out between Rocky and two men who claimed his bodyguard had broken their headphones.
ASAP and his team maintain it was in self-defence as the men refused to leave them alone.
Speaking on Instagram, he wrote: ‘I am of course disappointed by today’s verdict. I want to say thanks again to all of my fans, friends and everyone who showed me love during this difficult time.
‘Imma keep moving forward. Thank you to my team, my management, attorneys, label and everyone who advocated for justice.’
Following the incident, ASAP was held in Swedish prison, causing massive fan outcry for his release which even went as high as President Trump trying to call for his freedom.
However the Swedish authorities refused for a month before he was let go.
The incident was caught on tape, with ASAP filming the two men getting into an altercation with his crew.
He later uploaded the video online and insisted that he didn’t want trouble, explaining: ‘They followed us for four blocks, and they were slapping girls butts who passed. Give me a break.’
However, a statement released by the courts after the verdict stated that despite this, they was not enough ground to classify it self-defence.
Stockholm’s District Courts ruled that ‘it has been proven that the defendants assaulted the victim by hitting and kicking him as he lay on the ground’.
‘The artist has also thrown the victim to the ground and stepped on his arm,’ the papers said.
‘All three defendants are convicted of assault and sentenced to conditional sentences.
‘The court finds that the defendants were not in a situation where they were entitled to self-defense and that they have assaulted the victim by hitting and kicking him.,’ the statement added.
‘However, it has not been proven that the defendants struck the victim in the head with a bottle or assaulted him with whole or broken bottles. The victim is awarded damages for violation of his integrity and pain and suffering, but less than he requested.
‘The defendants shall, each based on their financial ability, repay the state for its expenses for public legal counsels.’
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