A$AP Bari‘s sexual assault trial has began in London and he has pleaded guilty to one charge. The charges relate to a video that surfaced in July 2017 and showed A$AP Bari sexually assaulting a woman at a hotel in London. After the incident, Bari released a statement describing the video as “misleading” and added that he has “resolved this issue amicably among all parties as adults.” Bari has also been countersuing the woman for “defamation and civil extortion for allegedly pressuring him into settling.” A$AP Bari had been expected to deny both charges before the trial began but seems like that is not the case.
Now According to UK-based newspaper Daily Mirror, Bari’s guilty plea means that he will avoid jail time. However, Bari was ordered to pay a fine of £4,500 GBP (about R80 069,92) as well as compensation of £2,500 GBP (R45 039,33) to the victim.
Bari is a founding member of A$AP Mob, and was scene as a leader of the youth when he launched his VLONE label. The brand showed at Paris Fashion Week and released a Nike Air Force 1 collaboration back in 2017, before Nike ended its relationship with the label.