ICE Drops Aggravated Felony Charges Against 21 Savage
The news comes a day after the rapper was released from ICE custody.
The charges against 21 Savage that led to his ICE arrest have been dropped a day after the musician was released from U.S. Immigrants and Customs Enforcement on bond.
Initially, charges of aggravated felony would serve as the basis for the "a lot" rapper's deportation.
“I think this case is emblematic of a lot of cases where people are detained for not correct reasons, but they don’t always have resources to fight the system,” Charles Kuck, a lawyer for Savage, told BuzzFeed. “This case is very emblematic of what happens in immigration court and detention.”
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The rapper’s legal team announced news of his release from the jail, where he was placed in a cell 23 hours of the day, on Facebook, according to WSB-TV. He left the detention center on Tuesday and flew back to his hometown of Atlanta in a private jet.
"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," they wrote.
"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."
The “A Lot” rapper was arrested on February 3, as Blavity previously reported. 21 Savage claims Atlanta as his hometown, but ICE said he is originally from the United Kingdom.
21 Savage will remain free until a deportation hearing decides his fate. He was in the process of obtaining a U-Visa when he was detained, according to TMZ. His arrest drew vocal support from several celebrities including Jay-Z, Cardi B and Jesse Williams.
21’s legal team thanked his supporters on his behalf.
“21 Savage asked us 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,” they said.
“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.”
Savage is still facing possible deportation on the basis of overstaying his visa.
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