21 Savage has been released on bond from his detainment by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
The rapper, real name She’yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, was arrested and detained in Atlanta on February 3 by ICE agents, with the department alleging that the rapper is a British citizen who “is unlawfully present in the U.S.”.
21’s lawyers later confirmed that the rapper was born in London, clarifying that he moved to the US with his parents at the age of 7 and that his legal status in the country expired in July 2006 “through no fault of his own”.
Both TMZ and The Daily Beast are reporting this evening (February 12) that Savage has now been released on bond following an expedited hearing. His case will be determined by a deportation hearing process which will take place at a later date.
A statement released by Kuck Baxter Immigration LLC in the past hour confirmed that Savage had been released.
“For the past 9 long days, we, on behalf of She’yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, known to the world as 21 Savage, have been speaking with ICE to both clarify his actual legal standing, his eligibility for bond, and provide evidence of his extraordinary contributions to his community and society,” the statement reads.
“In the last 24 hours, in the wake of the Grammy Awards at which he was scheduled to attend and perform, we received notice that She’yaa was granted an expedited hearing.
“Today, 21 Savage was granted a release on bond. He won his freedom.”
For the past 9 long days, we, on behalf of She’yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, known to the world as 21 Savage, have been…
The lawyers added that the rapper wanted to send “a special message to his fans and supporters”.
“He says that while he wasn’t present at the Grammy Awards, he was there in spirit and is grateful for the support from around the world and is more than ever, ready to be with his loved ones and continue making music that brings people together,” the statement explains.
“He will not forget this ordeal or any of the other fathers, sons, family members, and faceless people, he was locked up with or that remain unjustly incarcerated across the country. And he asks for your hearts and minds to be with them.”