U.S. rapper A$AP Rocky will not challenge assault conviction: lawyer

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FILE PHOTO: U.S. rapper ASAP Rocky’s lawyer Slobodan Jovicic speaks to the media during a news conference after the rapper received a conditional sentence, in Uppsala, Sweden August 14, 2019. REUTERS/Anna Ringstrom/File Photo

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – U.S. rapper A$AP Rocky, who got a suspended sentence for his role in a brawl in Stockholm, will not appeal against his assault conviction, his lawyer said on Wednesday.

A$AP Rocky, real name Rakim Mayers, and two of his entourage, were convicted on Aug. 14 of kicking and beating a 19-year-old man after an argument. They had told the court they acted in self defense.

“Given the headache and the stress this process has meant he has decided he doesn’t have the strength to do this one more time,” Slobodan Jovicic told TT news agency.

The prosecutor said last week he would not launch an appeal to push for a tougher sentence.

The three men were allowed to fly home last month without serving a jail sentence – an outcome cheered by U.S. President Donald Trump who had asked Sweden’s prime minister to intervene in the case.

Reporting by Johan Ahlander; Editing by Andrew Heavens

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