Harlem rap newcomer A$AP Rocky received a light punishment after making headlines last summer for his reported assault on a couple photographers in New York City.
Rather than fight the case, Rocky agreed to plead guilty to the July incident.
Rapper A$AP Rocky just pled guilty to attempted grand larceny in connection with a brawl that took place back in July in NYC — between the rapper and two amateur photogs. TMZ broke the story … A$AP — real name Rakim Mayers — was arrested following the fight, during which A$AP allegedly attacked two men for snapping pics of him … while he was involved in a verbal altercation with another person. According to the complaint, A$AP attempted to grab the camera during the melee — which is where the larceny charge comes from. (TMZ)
Aside from a small fine, A$AP must now remain on good behavior and perform community service.
In addition to the larceny charge, A$AP was charged with attempted robbery in the 2nd degree and assault — but the robbery and assault charges were dropped in exchange for A$AP’s guilty plea. A$AP was sentenced to 3 days community service. He was also ordered to pay a $250 fine and stay out of trouble until his next court date in February. (TMZ)
No stranger to the crime scene, Rocky found himself in another physical altercation last spring.
A brawl broke out between Harlem rapper ASAP Rocky and his crew against a drunken crowd at a Vice party around 3:30AM Sunday morning, ending the SXSW music festival in Austin, Texas, with a small eruption of violence for the second year in a row. The last of perhaps one too many A$AP Rocky gigs began with their usual antagonistic, punk rock-styled antics, including slam-dancing, stage-diving, crowd-surfing and spitting, during a late-night concert in a downtown warehouse venue. But all that intensity finally took a turn for the worst, as it did in 2011 when irate fans denied entry to a SXSW reunion concert by Toronto hard rock duo DFA1979 broke out into a riot. (Spinner)
Earlier this year, the New York emcee downplayed his tough guy image.
“The biggest misconception is that I’m a gangster,” Rocky said in an interview. “I’m not. At all. I don’t want people thinking [I am]. Honestly. I really am [a nice guy]. I’m a good, down to earth dude.” (This Is 50)
Check out a recent A$AP Rocky interview: