US rapper A$AP Rocky says he is “disappointed” at being found guilty of assault in Sweden and given a suspended sentence.
The musician, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, thanked “everyone who showed me love during this difficult time” and vowed to “keep moving forward”.
He had claimed that during a brawl in Stockholm on 30 June he acted in self-defence and tried to avoid confrontation with two men, who he said were persistently following his entourage.
A$AP Rocky told a district court that one of them picked a fight with one of his two bodyguards, who were also convicted of the same offence and given the same punishment.
All three of them returned to the United States and were not legally obliged to be present for today’s verdict
The court said the assault would have carried a two-month sentence, but, because the defendants had no prior convictions over the past five years and had already spent time in custody awaiting their trial, they won’t serve more time in prison or pay any fine.
Writing in an Instagram post, the rapper said: “I am of course disappointed by today’s verdict… Thank you to my team, my management, attorneys, label and everyone who advocated for justice.”