ASAP Rocky's alleged victim, who was recorded harassing the rapper and his crew in Sweden before provoking them physically, has a criminal assault record, TMZ reports.
According to the outlet, in 2016 when Mustafa Jafari was 16 years old, he was prosecuted and convicted of assault for striking a man in the forehead and repeatedly punching him in the face on the streets of Stockholm. Jafari was ordered to complete 30 hours of community service and pay the victim $500.
The criminal assault charge isn't Jafari's sole run-in with the law. He was reportedly convicted of two drug charges in 2017 and 2018, and served no jail time for either offense.
Earlier this month, ASAP and his crew were recorded in Stockholm confronting two men who were allegedly harassing them. After the exchange escalated to violence, ASAP was arrested on suspicion of assault despite his assertion that he was acting in self-defense. Jafari has been cited as the instigator, which is substantiated by the video which captured the confrontation.
On Thursday, the rapper was charged with assault for his role in the incident. Prosecutor Daniel Suneson said he has, “come to the conclusion that the events in question constitute a crime and despite claims of self-defense and provocation.”
Rocky will be held in detention pending trial, which is estimated to begin as early as Tuesday. Should he be convicted, the charges could result in a maximum sentence of two years.