A Stockholm judge has convicted the rapper—real name Rakim Mayers—of assault and given him a suspended sentence of two years probation. Rocky has also been ordered to pay a fine of 12,500 Swedish krona (approximately $1,300) to the victim, a 19-year-old man named Mustafa Jafari. Bladimir Corniel and David Rispers, two members of Rocky’s entourage who were involved in the altercation, were also found guilty of the same charge.
According to the court’s official statement, “the assault has not been of such a serious nature that a prison sentence must be chosen. […] Therefore [Rocky and his associates] are sentenced to conditional sentences.”
As soon as the verdict was out, the rapper took to Instagram to comment on the news. “I am, of course, disappointed by today’s verdict,” Rocky wrote. “I want to say thanks again to all my fans, friends, and everyone who showed me love during this difficult time. I’mma keep moving forward. Thank you to my team, my management, attorneys, label and everyone who advocated for justice.”
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I AM OF COURSE DISAPPOINTED BY TODAY’S VERDICT. I WANT TO SAY THANKS AGAIN TO ALL OF MY FANS, FRIENDS, AND EVERYONE WHO SHOWED ME LOVE DURING THIS DIFFICULT TIME. IMMA KEEP MOVING FORWARD. THANK YOU TO MY TEAM, MY MANAGEMENT, ATTORNEYS, LABEL AND EVERYONE WHO ADVOCATED FOR JUSTICE. ??
Rocky returned to the United States earlier this month after being detained in Sweden for almost five weeks. His release from custody followed after musicians like Tyler, the Creator and Schoolboy Q and the US President Donald Trump rallied behind the rapper. He returned to the stage earlier this week with a triumphant performance at the Real Street Festival in Anaheim, California.
Rocky was arrested at the beginning of July after videos of him assaulting Jafari on the streets of Stockholm surfaced online. During his trial, the rapper claimed that he was only acting in self-defense.