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He'll have to pay a $1,300 fine, but won't have to go back to prison
Rapper A$AP Rocky was convicted of assault by a Swedish judge Wednesday, concluding a criminal case that drew intervention from President Donald Trump and numerous celebrities, according to Fox News.
A$AP Rocky, whose given name is Rakim Mayers, was found guilty for his role in the assault of a teenager in Sweden on June 30 while he was in the country as part of a concert tour.
He was facing up to two years in prison, but the judge determined that the offense was not serious enough to warrant more prison time. He will have to pay a $1,300 fine.
"The court finds that the assault has not been of such a serious nature that a prison sentence must be chosen," the Swedish court said in a statement.
A key factor in the sentencing was whether or not Mayers hit one of the victims with a glass bottle during the altercation. During the trial, a witness changed her initial story from the police report to say that she could not say with certainty that it was Mayers who hit the victim with the bottle.
The judge did rule, however, that Mayers and his bodyguards were not in a position where they were entitled to claim self-defense as they were kicking and punching the victim on the ground during the altercation.
Mayers and two of his bodyguards spent about a month in Swedish jail following June 30 incident. After Kim Kardashian petitioned President Trump to advocate for Mayers' release, the president began tweeting about the situation and called the Swedish prime minister about it, to no avail.
Shortly before Mayers was released on Aug. 2 and allowed to return to the United States, U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs Robert O'Brien wrote a letter calling for Mayers to be released on humanitarian grounds and warning Sweden against allowing the situation to lead to "potentially negative consequences" for the relationship between Sweden and the U.S.
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