UPDATE: 21 Savage Officially Released From ICE Detention

The rapper still has a deportation hearing on the way.

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Update: 21 Savage was officially released from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody today (Feb. 13) after spending more than a week in detention, says his attorney Charles Kuck said.

21, whose legal name is She’yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, was released on bond, but still has to face a deportation hearing. A photo from his release was sent by his attorneys to WSB, showing the rapper and his mother boarding a private plane.

Update: The Associated Press reports that the bond was granted too late for a Tuesday release and he will be released on Wednesday, according to a statement sent by Savage’s lawyer Charles H. Kuck.

21 Savage’s legal team of Alex Spiro, Charles H. Kuck and Dina LaPolt issued the following statement:

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.

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.

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.

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.

Original Story: As TMZ reports, 21 Savage has been freed after paying bond. Though the rapper is still scheduled for an upcoming deportation hearing, 21 Savage is no longer in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) lockup following his arrest on Superbowl Sunday.

21’s legal team, Charles H. Kuck, Dina LaPolt and Alex Spiro, the latter a lawyer hired by JAY-Z, delivered a statement to TMZ:

“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. 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.”

Though the release is a win for 21’s team, TMZ rightly notes that it’s unclear as to why ICE held the musician for so long; 21 should have been allowed to pay bond the day of arrest. Regardless, the rapper’s lawyers report that he has been granted an expedited hearing, so it shouldn’t be long before 21 stands trial. Stay tuned for updates.

Prior to his arrest, the “Bank Account” rapper had applied for a U-Visa, intended for nonimmigrants who are victims of crime and willing to aid law enforcement in prosecution or investigation.

Most recently, 21’s manager opened up about the lack of attention 21 received at the Grammys.

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