Rapper A$AP Rocky found guilty of assault in Sweden

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STOCKHOLM, Sweden-- -

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

   The artist, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, earlier pleaded self-defense and said he had tried to avoid a confrontation with two men who were persistently following his entourage.  One of them picked a fight with one of Mayers' two bodyguards, the rapper told the Stockholm District Court.

   The court said the defendants "were not in a situation" where they were entitled to self-defense and that they "assaulted the victim by hitting and kicking him." As a result, the three defendants were "convicted of assault and sentenced to conditional sentences."

   That means the three face no prison sentence in Sweden unless they commit a similar offense in the country again.

   The three were released Aug. 2 pending the verdict. All returned to the United States and are not legally obliged to be present in Stockholm.
 

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