ASAP Rocky found guilty in Stockholm assault case

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American rapper ASAP Rocky and two other men were found guilty of assault by the Stockholm District Court on Wednesday.

All three defendants received a suspended sentence for the assault of a 19-year-old man and were ordered by the court to pay SEK 12,500 in damages to the victim.

The suspended sentence means the trio will serve no prison time for their crime.

Shortly after the verdict was released, defence attorney Slobodan Jovicic told reporters it was too soon to decide if his client ASAP Rocky would appeal the ruling. He said however they were disappointed with the guilty verdict.

ASAP Rocky, real name Rakim Mayers, and his two co-defendants maintained their innocence throughout the trial, saying they acted in self-defence.

But that argument was dismissed by the court. Swedish law dictates that self-defence must occur as an immediate or near-immediate response to violence and that it must be proportionate in order to be “defensible”.

"The court finds that the defendants were not in a situation where they were entitled to self-defence and that they have assaulted the victim by hitting and kicking him," the court wrote in a news release.

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