ATLANTA – Grammy-nominated rapper 21 Savage was launched on bond Tuesday after spending greater than per week in federal immigration custody, his legal professionals mentioned.
The rapper, whose given identify is She’yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, was arrested throughout a focused immigration operation early on Feb. 3. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers mentioned on the time that the British citizen had overstayed his visa and had a felony conviction.
In a press release, legal professionals Charles Kuck, Dina LaPolt and Alex Spiro mentioned they have been talking with ICE since his arrest to “make clear his precise authorized standing, his eligibility for bond, and supply proof of his extraordinary contributions to his neighborhood and society.”
They mentioned they acquired notification within the earlier 24 hours, “within the wake of the Grammy Awards at which he was scheduled to attend and carry out,” that he was granted an expedited listening to.
Abraham-Joseph was nominated for 2 awards on the Grammys, together with report of the yr for “Rockstar” alongside Submit Malone. His second solo album “I Am I Was,” launched in December, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart.
After his arrest, ICE mentioned Abraham-Joseph entered the U.S. legally in July 2005, when he was 12, however has remained within the nation illegally since his visa expired in July 2006. He was convicted on felony drug fees in October 2014 in Fulton County, Georgia, ICE mentioned. He was positioned in deportation proceedings in federal immigration courtroom.
Abraham-Joseph’s legal professionals disputed that. They mentioned final week that Abraham-Joseph got here to the U.S. when he was 7 and remained within the nation till June 2005, when he went to go to the UK for a month. He returned on a legitimate visa on July 22, 2005, they mentioned.
“Mr. Abraham-Joseph has been repeatedly bodily current in america for nearly 20 years, apart from a short go to overseas,” his legal professionals mentioned. “Sadly, in 2006 Mr. Abraham-Joseph misplaced his authorized standing via no fault of his personal.”
The attorneys additionally mentioned ICE was incorrect that Abraham-Joseph has a felony conviction on his report. Fulton County prosecutors mentioned they might not present info on that case as a result of it’s sealed.
Abraham-Joseph’s legal professionals mentioned he requested them to ship a message to his supporters.
“(H)e says that whereas he wasn’t current on the Grammy Awards, he was there in spirit and is grateful for the help from world wide and is greater than ever, able to be together with his family members and proceed making music that brings individuals collectively,” they mentioned.
He added that he “won’t neglect this ordeal or any of the opposite fathers, sons, relations, and faceless individuals, he was locked up with or that stay unjustly incarcerated throughout the nation. And he asks to your hearts and minds to be with them.”