21 Savage Released by ICE on Bond
After nine days behind bars, 21 Savage has regained freedom. Savage's legal team confirmed in a statement made to Facebook Tuesday (Feb. 12) that the rapper, born She’yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, has been released by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
The 26-year-old's fate will now ultimately be decided by a deportation hearing process, which will happen at a later date. "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," attorneys Charles Kuck, Dina LaPolt and Alex Spiro wrote in a joint statement.
"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."
Savage's legal reps also released a statement to fans on his behalf. "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," 21 sincerely says.
"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."
JAY-Z got involved in the matter last week (Feb. 6) and had Roc Nation add potent lawyer Alex Spiro to 21's legal team. "We are pleased that 21 Savage was released on bond and will be reunited with his children after his incarceratio," the Roc says in a statement. "We will continue to stand with 21 Savage and all the families that continue to be unfairly victimized by our country’s broken immigration policies.”
Billboard has reached out to 21 Savage's reps for comment.