A$AP Bari Pleads Guilty, Fined For 2017 Sexual Assault Incident
A$AP Bari plead guilty to one count of sexual assault for a 2017 incident in a hotel room, and was fined during day one of his London trial (Jan. 3).
The rapper and designer (born Jabari Shelton) admitted to assaulting a young woman at the Curtain Hotel in the Shoreditch area of London in July 2017. He was fined £4,000 ($5,036) and told to pay £2,500 ($3,147) to the victim as means to avoid jail time.
According to ITV, Judge Zoe Smith QC told the A$AP Mob member "The court does have concerns in this matter because it has exposed a very unpleasant attitude by you towards women." She later added, "You say that you were angry but there is no need to ever be so abusive and humiliating to a female."
In July 2017, footage of Bari attempting to force a woman to perform oral sex on him made the rounds. After the woman refused and tried to get away, Bari is shown slapping her buttocks. After the now-deleted video began gaining virality, the woman involved tweeted, "I was forced into bed by Bari and his crew and Bari got upset because I refused to engage in any sexual acts."
Bari's relationship with Nike ended after news of the alleged assault made headlines.