Rapper A$AP Rocky was found guilty by a judge in Sweden for his role in an assault before his appearance at a music festival.
The 30-year-old rapper, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, departed Stockholm, Sweden earlier this month after being detained in the country since July 3. Rocky was accused of beating 19-year-old Mustafa Jafari on June 30, outside a fast-food restaurant in central Stockholm. He pleaded not guilty at the start of the three-day trial, affirming that he acted in self-defense when Jafari and another man would not leave him and friends David Rispers Jr. and Bladimir Corniel alone.
In his first post-release show, at the 92.3’s inaugural Real Street Festival on Sunday, Aug. 12, he addressed his incarceration.
“I just want to say, what I experienced was crazy. I’m so happy to be here right now, y’all don’t even understand," Rocky told the sold-out crowd at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. "That was a scary, humbling experience, but I’m here right now. God is good."
The Swedish prosecution reportedly were seeking a six-month jail sentence for Rocky on assault charges. In more than 500 pages of court documents, they argued that the three suspects beat and kicked Jafari while he was on the ground and that he was hit by parts of or a whole bottle. In addition to the criminal charges, the prosecution called for a fine of 139,700 Swedish krona ($14,634) in damages.