21 Savage’s criminal theft charge dropped

Reports say the matter is a "civil contract dispute" and is not criminal in nature

A warrant that was issued to arrest 21 Savage for theft has been rescinded.

Reports say that the rapper, who continues to face a risk of deportation from the US, was wanted for theft after failing to appear for a performance in Georgia in 2016, for which he was allegedly paid a $9,500 (£7,390) advance.

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Now, according to TMZ, the criminal charge has been dropped after Savage’s lawyers argued that the concert incident was a “civil contract dispute”.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports further that The Liberty County District Attorney’s office in Georgia agreed that the matter was not criminal in nature.

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Musical guest 21 Savage performs on January 28, 2019

Savage, real name She’yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, was arrested and detained in Atlanta on February 3 by ICE agents, with the department alleging that he is a British citizen who “is unlawfully present in the U.S.”.

His 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”.

Savage has since 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.