American hip hop impresario fined for sex assault in UK

A$AP Bari, real name Jabari Shelton, arrives at the Old Bailey in central London, Thursday Jan. 3, 2019. The American hip hop impresario and fashion designer has been fined for sexual assault after pleading guilty in a London court. (Kirsty O'Connor/PA via AP)

LONDON — An American hip hop impresario and fashion designer was fined Thursday for sexual assault after pleading guilty in a London court.

ASAP Bari, whose real name is Jabari Shelton, was fined 4,000 pounds ($5,000) in the Old Bailey court Thursday and ordered to pay 2,500 pounds to the victim.

Judge Zoe Smith told the 27-year-old he had a "very unpleasant attitude" toward women after she was shown footage of him pulling the covers from a naked woman as she lay in bed and slapping her bottom as she told him to stop. On the video, Shelton is abusive and obscene as he demands the woman perform a sex act with him.

"The court does have concerns in this matter," the judge said. "You say that you were angry but there is no need to ever be so abusive and humiliating to a female."

The attack happened at The Curtain Hotel in east London in July 2017 after a music festival. It is not clear who filmed the video, which was recorded on a mobile phone and leaked online.

Shelton's lawyer said the footage was leaked by someone who wanted to harm Shelton.

Elaine Cousins of the Crown Prosecution Service said Shelton "clearly believed he was entitled to behave this way. He sexually assaulted his victim while she was in an extremely vulnerable position. He knew this was being recorded on a mobile phone."

She said it was clear from the footage that the victim had not consented.

Shelton, known for founding the rap collective ASAP Mob, pleaded guilty to one count and avoided any prison time.

People also read these

'Watership Down' author Richard Adams dies at age...

Dec 27, 2016

British author Richard Adams, whose 1972 book "Watership Down" became a classic of children's...

Knighthoods for Murray and Farah in New Year's...

Dec 30, 2016

Andy Murray received a knighthood in Queen Elizabeth II's New Year's Honors list on Friday,...

Harry 'constantly in trouble,' Princess Diana...

Jan 5, 2017

Letters sent by Britain's late Princess Diana _ including one in which she described a young Prince...

Woody Harrelson goes live from London, talks...

Jan 16, 2017

Woody Harrelson is trying to do something that's never been done before, although he's starting to...

Princess Diana statue to mark 20 years since car...

Jan 29, 2017

The sons of the late Princess Diana plan to build a statue to mark the 20th anniversary of her...

About Us

Frontal Report is an emerging leader in all forms of media. We aim to be the leading news brand for readers around the world.

Contact us: sales[at]frontalreport.com

Subscribe Now!