The rapper was recently released from an ICE detention centre
Authorities have a warrant out for 21 Savage’s arrest in connection with theft, it has been reported.
The rapper, whose real name is She’yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, was released from an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention centre earlier this week (February 12) after he was arrested in Atlanta for violating the terms of his non-immigrant visa.
Now, according to TMZ, a warrant has been issued for Savage’s arrest for theft. The star was due to perform in southern Georgia in 2016 and was paid $9,500 (£7,390) ahead of the show. He then collected the remaining balance of $7,500 (£5,834) upon arrival at the venue but allegedly failed to perform and left with the money.
The promoter reported the incident to the local sheriff’s office and filed a police report in October 2016. A warrant was issued for felony theft by deception but no further action was taken. Now, the promoter is said to have contacted the sheriff’s office again and asked them to make an arrest after seeing the news about his ICE detainment.
Savage’s lawyer has denied that the rapper had committed a crime, saying: “Mr Joseph has committed no criminal offence. We look forward to an amicable resolution between the parties in the near future with no criminal implications whatsoever.”
Meanwhile, the musician gave his first interview since being released by ICE, saying his arrest was “definitely targeted.”
“I was just driving,” he told Good Morning America. “And I just seen guns and blue lights. And, then, I was in the back of a car. And I was gone.”