US hip hop star ASAP Bari admits sexual assault at London hotel (Reports)

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An American hip hop star has admitted carrying out a sex attack on a woman at a hotel in east London.

ASAP Bari, whose real name is Jabari Shelton, admitted one count of sexual assault at the Old Bailey on Thursday after video footage emerged of him attacking his victim at The Curtain Hotel in Shoreditch in July 2017.

The Manhattan fashion designer, who co-founded New York hip hop group ASAP Mob and street clothing label VLONE, was seen pulling the covers from the naked woman as she lay in bed.

He then slapped her on the bottom as she told him to “stop”.

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Rapper ASAP Bari pleaded guilty after a video emerged

The court heard how the 27-year-old first “propositioned her” as she waited for a taxi after the Wireless Festival music event in Finsbury Park, north London.

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She rejected his advances and went to the hotel with another man, named in court as AJ, but was woken in the early hours of the morning by Shelton entering the bedroom.

In the video, he could be heard telling her a string of obscenities.

Police were later called to the hotel and the woman initially denied she had been assaulted, but she reported it several days later when the footage emerged online.

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Shelton was first arrested last year but was bailed in June 2018 after he paid a cash security of £25,000 to allow him to return to the US, the court heard.

His barrister, Gideon Cammerman QC, told the court: “The publicity that this case has attracted has already caused very significant financial loss to him, the loss of very significant contracts and other matters.

“In the current climate, publicity of this sort is quite rightly toxic.”

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Shelton, who has an address in Clapton, east London, was charged with two counts of sexual assault over the incident and had been expected to contend both after denying the allegations previously.

But he instead appeared in court – after arriving in a ski mask – to plead guilty to one of the charges and was ordered to pay a £4,000 fine and £2,500 compensation to his victim.

Shelton helped form ASAP Mob in 2006, alongside fellow ASAPs Yams, Kham and Illz.

But the entrepreneur – whose fashion company has previously partnered with Nike – does not rap himself.

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