August 14, 2019 / 12:25 PM / 11 days ago

Swedish court convicts U.S. rapper A$AP Rocky of assault, suspends sentence

FILE PHOTO: U.S. rapper A$AP Rocky attends the Alexander Wang Spring/Summer 2013 collection during New York Fashion Week, September 8, 2012. REUTERS/Andrew Burton

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - A Swedish court convicted U.S. rapper A$AP Rocky of assault and handed down a suspended sentence on Wednesday following a high-profile trial that led President Donald Trump to question the fairness of Sweden’s legal system.

The court also convicted two members of A$AP Rocky’s entourage of the same crime.

“In an overall assessment the court finds that the assault has not been of such a serious nature that a prison sentence must be chosen” the court said in a statement.

“The defendants are therefore sentenced to conditional sentences.”

A$AP Rocky, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, was detained on July 3 in connection with a street brawl on June 30 and charged with assault causing actual bodily harm.

Reporting by Johan Ahlander; editing by Niklas Pollard

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