While A$AP Rocky avoided more time in jail in his Swedish assault case, he is still upset to be convicted of a crime.
The rapper broke his social media silence on Wednesday, a few hours after he was convicted of assault but not sentenced to any more jail time.
“I am of course disappointed by today’s verdict,” he wrote. “I want to say thanks again to all of my fans, friends, and everyone who showed me love during this difficult time. Imma keep moving forward. Thank you to my team, my management, attorneys, label and everyone who advocated for justice.”
A Swedish court on Wednesday ruled that A$AP Rocky and two other members of his team were guilty of assault for their role in a street brawl on June 30.
He was not ordered to serve any additional jail time. The amount of the fine was SEK 12,500, which is about $1,300.
A$AP was not in court to hear the verdict, nor was he required to be.
The rapper had been released from custody at the conclusion of the trial on August 2 and left the country shortly afterward. Upon his return to the U.S., he was seen embracing friends and attending Kanye West’s Sunday Service.
On Sunday, he performed in his first show since the incident and told the crowd, “I don’t got anything against Swedish people.”
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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. 🙏🏿
A point of contention throughout the trial was the alleged use of bottles during the fight.
A$AP said him and his friends noticed bottles on the ground. He testified they picked them up because they “didn’t want them to get hold of these bottles, to have them in their possession.” He says eventually he got rid of it.
A woman who witnessed the encounter testified that she was eating with a friend when she spotted A$AP and his entourage outside. She said she and her friend rushed outside to get a photo with him but by that point, the fight with the alleged victim had already begun.
The woman testified that she heard a bottle being broken but could not say whether A$AP or anyone from his group threw it on the ground or hit the alleged victim with it. She also testified that she did not see A$AP holding the bottle during the fight.
The friend of the woman also testified that she did not see anyone hitting the alleged victim with a bottle.