21 Savage Granted Release on Bond from Immigration Detention


Published February 13, 2019


21 Savage

Grammy – nominated rapper 21 Savage was granted release on bond from US immigration detention Tuesday , his lawyers said — nine days after his arrest sparked outrage among fellow music stars , fans and immigrant rights advocates alike .

“ Today , 21 Savage was granted a release on bond . He won his freedom ,” Charles Kuck , Dina LaPolt and Alex Spiro, representing 21 Savage , said in a statement . Kuck confirmed the rapper will be released Wednesday .

21 Savage , whose real name is She ’ yaa Bin Abraham- Joseph , was arrested February 3 in the southern city of Atlanta by Immigration and Customs Enforcement ( ICE) agents who said he was British and had been living in the United States illegally since overstaying his visa from 2006 .

His legal team did not immediately clarify what comes next in the case of the 26 – year -old rapper , whose chart – topping latest album “ I Am > I Was ” was released in December .

Previously, they acknowledged that he was British , brought to the US aged seven , and lost his legal status in the US when he was a child “ through no fault of his own .”

They also said he has a pending application for a US visa — for victims of crimes who have faced mental or physical abuse in the US — that was filed “ as a result of being the victim of a deadly shooting in 2013 ” — and that his three US citizen children make him eligible for deportation relief .

On Tuesday , 21 Savage ’s lawyers also passed on a message to the young rapper ’s fans , saying that while he was not at Sunday ’ s Grammys Awards — “ he was there in spirit and is grateful for the support from around the world.”

Rapper Post Malone performed hit track “ Rockstar,” which features 21 Savage , alone at the show in Los Angeles. The song won the pair two Grammy nominations .

A petition demanding 21 Savage ’ s release was signed by more than 460 , 000 people — with Kendrick Lamar , Jay – Z and Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio – Cortez among those backing the campaign for his freedom .


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