21 Savage’s legal team says rapper due to be released from detention on bond

FILE - In this Sunday, May 20, 2018, file photo, 21 Savage arrives at the Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Aren
FILE - In this Sunday, May 20, 2018, file photo, 21 Savage arrives at the Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. It was a shock for fans when 21 Savage was taken into custody Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019, by U.S. immigration agents in Georgia. It was an even bigger shock to learn he had been an immigrant in the first place. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

21 Savage will be released from detention on bond in the lead up to his deportation hearing, according to his legal team.

Representatives of the British-born musician said that in the last day he had been granted an expedited hearing and had therefore “won his freedom”, albeit temporarily.

The rapper – real name She’yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph – was supposed to perform at the Grammys on Sunday night, where he was nominated for two awards.

21 Savage Arrest
The rapper was held over the Grammys where he was nominated twice (Amy Harris/Invision/AP)

But earlier this month, he was detained by US Immigration And Customs Enforcement (ICE) in Atlanta, Georgia, after allegedly overstaying his visa.

Through his representatives – which include the Jay-Z-hired lawyer Alex Spiro – 21 Savage sent a message to his fans, telling them he had been at the Grammys “in spirit”.

“21 Savage asked us to send a special message to his fans and supporters,” they said.

“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.”

It continued: “[21 Savage] 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.”

2017 MTV Video Music Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles
21 Savage with model Amber Rose (PA)

ICE says the 26-year-old is a British national who moved to the States aged 12 in 2005 and went on to overstay his visa.

His lawyers say his legal immigrant status expired in 2006 “through no fault of his own” and he should be eligible to fight his removal from the country in court.

The U visa he has applied for is for victims of crime, after his lawyers said he survived a shooting in 2013.


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