ASAP Bari to stand trial for sexual assault

By: Adwoa Serwaa Bonsu

A member of American hip hop group ASAP Mob, ASAP Bari, is to go on trial accused of sexually assaulting a woman at a London hotel.

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ASAP Bari, whose real name is Jabari Shelton, is charged with two counts of sexual assault.

It is alleged that the Manhattan fashion designer intentionally touched a woman sexually at an east London hotel in July 2017.
He is understood to have flown to the UK to attend his Old Bailey trial, which is due to begin on Thursday.
Shelton has previously denied the allegations, with his lawyer saying the artist was "extremely keen" to contest the charges.

Shelton, who has an address in Clapton, east London, is best known as a co-founding member of the New York hip hop collective ASAP Mob.

He helped form the group in 2006 although he does not rap himself.

Shelton, 27, is also a co-founder of the streetwear clothing label VLONE.