A Swedish court convicted A$AP Rocky of assault on Wednesday and the judge who convicted him says the guilty verdict does not bar the New York-born rapper from returning to Sweden.
“The court has not decided on any repercussions of that nature,” Per Lennerbrant, the senior judge in the case, tells TIME.
A$AP Rocky will not face any prison time as a result of the verdict but said in an Instagram post that he is still “disappointed by today’s verdict.”
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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. 🙏🏿
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With the conviction, Sweden’s judiciary appears to have successfully resisted pressure from a flood of American politicians and celebrities, including President Donald Trump and Kim Kardashian, who advocated on the rapper’s behalf.
“It’s clear that the Swedish justice system… they were not affected by all the political pressure.” says Dennis Martinsson, a senior law lecturer at Stockholm University.
Martinsson says the court laid out a transparent and reasonable ruling in the case. He adds that the mostly muted American response to the verdict could be telling.
“Even though there was some political involvement up to the trial, I think that side has cooled off a bit,” Martinsson says. “That’s a sign of, ‘OK we acknowledge this is in the hands of the court.’
Although A$AP Rocky should be able to return to Sweden, whether he would want to return is a different matter.
After his arrest, some artists, including Tyler, the Creator, Schoolboy Q and T.I., pledged to boycott Sweden.
no more sweden for me, ever
— Tyler, The Creator (@tylerthecreator) July 8, 2019
— ScHoolboy Q (@ScHoolboyQ) July 8, 2019
A$AP Rocky returned to the U.S. after being released from a Swedish jail on Aug. 2. He performed at a festival in California on Sunday—his first show since his arrest. He told the audience, “I’m so happy to be here right now. That was a scary, humbling experience.” Someone can be heard shouting “Free A$AP” in the background.
— Rap-Up (@RapUp) August 12, 2019
The rapper was detained for more than a month before going on trial on an assault charge. He claimed self-defense in a street fight in Stockholm, testifying that he did everything possible to avoid conflict.
The court was not convinced.
The Grammy-nominated rapper and the two other members of his entourage, who were also convicted of assault, “were not in a …read more
Source:: Time – Entertainment