Rapper 21 Savage is expected to be released on Wednesday on bond from a jail in the US state of Georgia, where he has been held for an alleged immigration violation.
The British-born rapper, whose real name is Sha Yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, was granted a 100,000-dollar bond on Tuesday during a closed hearing, according to one of his lawyers.
“We are happy to announce that today #21Savage was released on bond, thanks to the efforts of his legal team. He won his freedom. He is grateful for the support of the community and looks forward to joining his loved ones and to continue making music that brings people together,” lawyer Charles Kuck tweeted.
Abraham-Joseph was taken into custody on February 3 by federal immigration officials. He arrived legally in the United States in July 2005 but then overstayed his visa a year later, immigration authorities said.
According to Kuck, the rapper’s legal team has been speaking with US immigration authorities to clarify his legal standing, his eligibility for bond and to “provide evidence of his extraordinary contributions to his community and society.”
Kuck said shortly after the arrest that his client was a minor when his family overstayed their work visas and he was left without legal status through no fault of his own.
Abraham-Joseph had been scheduled to perform at the Grammys on Sunday. Kuck said he wanted his fans to know that while he wasn’t present at the ceremony, he was there in spirit.
An ICE spokesman declined to comment on Savage’s case, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.