Published: Fri, February 08, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Rapper 21 Savage being held unfairly, attorneys claim

Rapper 21 Savage being held unfairly, attorneys claim

The 26-year-old rapper's lawyer notes that Abraham-Joseph's family overstayed a July 2005 visa.

According to the documents obtained by the gossip site, responding officers ordered Abraham-Joseph to stop the vehicle and throw his keys out the window, which he did, along with a bottle containing an unknown liquid.

According to three police reports, 21 was in a red Dodge Challenger and drove across the sidewalk in an attempt to get onto another street. Mr. Abraham-Joseph has been continuously physically present in the United States for nearly 20 years, except for a brief visit overseas.

ICE spokesman Bryan Cox said on Sunday that the rapper was put in deportation proceedings because he has been living in the USA illegally since 2006 and has a felony conviction.

The firearm was allegedly listed in the inventory section of the police report. One man named Kalil Smith, who was in a different auto than Savage, was reportedly driving with an M4 rifle in the floorboard with the muzzle pointed in the direction of the officer.

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United States lawyer Alex Spiro confirmed to Variety that Jay-Z had hired him for the case.

21 Savage's lawyers also reiterated their previous statement that the rapper never hid his immigration status from authorities and that there is no legal reason for his detainment, as they claim he is not a flight risk and has proven himself a valuable member of his community.

ICYMI, the British rapper, whose real name is Sha Yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, was arrested in the U.S. by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on Sunday for allegedly overstaying his visa, CNN reports.

The rapper's legal team previously clarified that their client was born in London and moved to America when he was 7 years old. He was convicted of drugs charges in 2014.

Abraham-Joseph has several relatives in the United States, including three children who are USA citizens, and a mother and four siblings who are either lawful permanent residents or U.S. citizens, his lawyer said. "In addition to being a successful recording artist, 21 deserves to be reunited with his children immediately, #Free21Savage", wrote Jay.

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