ATLANTA (CelebrityAccess) Pending a deportation hearing, 21 Savage is expected to be released from custody after posting bond.
The Grammy-nominated rapper, real name Sha Yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, was arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, claiming Abraham-Joseph is actually from the United Kingdom and overstayed his visa. The rapper was taken into custody in a “targeted operation,” in metro Atlanta. His attorneys say Savage was granted an expedited hearing and that he was arrested while in the process of attempting to get a U-Visa.
His attorneys, Charles H. Kuck, Dina LaPolt and Alex Spiro told TMZ in a statement, “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 added, “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.”
The rapper was held in custody even though he was not considered a flight risk, The Blast noted.
Several supporters, including Kendrick Lamar, Post Malone, DJ Khaled, SZA and Mike Tyson, have offered their support in a video.