Grammy-nominated rapper 21 Savage was granted release on bond from United States immigration detention Tuesday, his lawyers said - nine days after his arrest sparked outrage among fellow music stars, fans and immigrant rights advocates alike.
Lawyers for rapper 21 Savage say he has been released on bond from federal immigration custody, according to reports.
Abraham-Joseph was born in the United Kingdom before being brought to the U.S.as a child, as his lawyers revealed last week in response to widespread confusion over why he had been detained by ICE.
21 Savage was nominated for two Grammy Awards for the hit "Rockstar", with Post Malone, including the coveted record of the year category, but was unable to attend the glitzy awards ceremony in Los Angeles on Sunday because he was being held in Georgia.
21 Savage, performing in Atlanta, Ga. on November 29, 2018.
Abraham-Joseph, was arrested in a "targeted operation" in Atlanta on February 3 after ICE spokesman Bryan Cox said he was an "unlawfully present United Kingdom national" and also a convicted felon. "And he asks for your hearts and minds to be with them", the statement concluded, signed by Charles Kuck, Dina Laporte, and Alex Spiro. He was in the process of getting a U-Visa. A 2017 application for a U visa - reserved for victims of crimes - is still pending. "My best friend who died, his uncle had a whole lot of dope money, so he started buying me studio sets and s**t", 21 Savage said. "Unfortunately, in 2006 Mr. Abraham-Joseph lost his legal status through no fault of his own".
LaPolt said last week that attorneys were working to clear up any misunderstandings with ICE and help free the rapper. He was convicted of drugs charges in 2014.