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A$AP Rocky to return to Sweden for December show

The rapper was served a two-year suspended sentence after an extensive trial earlier this year.

Friday (Nov. 8), A$AP Rocky announced he’ll be returning to Sweden for a headlining performance this December. The news arrives just months after Rocky’s drawn-out legal battle, where he spent nearly a month in custody following an arrest in Stockholm.

”After tremendous support from the Swedish fans, he returns to Stockholm for a long-awaited gig for all his supporters,” a Live Nation representative said in a statement.

The Local, a Swedish news outlet, reported that the A$AP Mob rapper will perform at the Ericsson Globe in Stockholm on Dec. 11th. The show’s line up is also set to include Swedish artists, which have yet to be announced. The Local further reports that part of the proceeds gathered from the concert will go toward the Swedish Network of Refugee Support Groups, a non-profit organization that works to strengthen the right of asylum.

Back in August and following controversial court case, Rocky, Bladimir Corniel and David Rispers were found guilty of assault after a fight and were ordered to pay damages to the victim. The rapper spent nearly a month in custody after being arrested, before he was finally released ahead of the verdict.

Although he and his co-defendants claimed they had been acting in self-defense, the court ruled that they were “not in a situation where they were entitled to self-defense” and handed down a suspended sentence, meaning that if Rocky and the two other men don’t commit crimes during a two-year probationary period, they will avoid jail time.

“The court has recognized that Rocky and his party were followed and harassed, that no bottle was used, that Rocky didn’t act in a joined attack with the others and that Rocky didn’t inflict any wounds on the victim and that is a win,” Rocky’s lawyer, Slobodan Jovicic, previously told the BBC. “But the court has also concluded that Rocky didn’t act in self-defence. It’s a conclusion that Rocky and I don’t agree with.”

The case gained further national attention when President Trump intervened, largely at the urging of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West. Following a series of tweets from the POTUS, Trump pressured the Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven to release Rocky, ultimately causing a brief dispute between the two politicians.

Rocky has since taken the stage at Tyler, the Creator’s Madison Square Garden show and the Real Street Fest in Anaheim, CA earlier this fall. Tickets for the Sweden show go on sale on Nov. 12.

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