ATLANTA – The latest on the saga involving the rapper based in Atlanta 21 Savage (all local times):
The Atlanta-based rapper, 21 Savage, went to the Georgian authorities with an outstanding arrest warrant and was released under his pledge.
Attorney Abbi Taylor said that the artist named She & # 39; Yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, Grammy nominee, had surrendered Friday morning under a warrant in Liberty County along the coast Georgian.
Taylor says that they learned about the existence of the warrant while his client was in custody at immigration and arranged for him to surrender.
The media reports that the warrant was for theft by deception. This follows from what Taylor said was essentially a civil conflict. She says that Abraham-Joseph gave a concert in Liberty County several years ago and that the person who had booked the concert did not have the impression of having made it enough and asked for a warrant rather than suing him.
Rapper 21 Savage, based in Atlanta, said that he had never talked about his British citizenship before because he did not want to be deported.
The Grammy-nominated artist, whose first name is She'a Bin Abraham-Joseph, was interviewed by "Good Morning America" on ABC for a show broadcast on Friday.
He was arrested on February 3 as part of a targeted operation, described as US Immigration and Customs. He was released Wednesday from the immigration guard against a bail of $ 100,000.
Now 26, he had no idea what a visa was when his mother brought him to the United States at the age of seven. This visa expired in 2006. He said that he "was not hiding it", but "did not want to be deported", so he "was not going to just say," Hey by the way, I'm not sure Was not born here. "
The Atlanta-based rapper, 21 Savage, said in an interview broadcast Friday that he had not talked about his British citizenship before because he did not want to be deported.
The Grammy-nominated artist, whose first name is She & # 39; yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, was arrested on February 3rd. US immigration and its application of the Customs Act have qualified as a targeted operation. He was released Wednesday from the immigration guard against a bail of $ 100,000.
Abraham-Joseph, now aged 26, told ABC's "Good Morning America" show that he absolutely did not know what a visa was when his mother brought him to the United States at the age of 7 years. His visa expired in 2006.
"I knew I was not born here," he said. "But I did not really know what it meant since I became an adult, how it would affect my life."
The rapper said that he was not hiding the fact that he was not an American citizen, but "I did not want to be deported, so I will not just say:" Au Actually, I was not born here. "
His lawyers said that he had applied for a new visa in 2017 and that his case was still pending. One of his lawyers, Charles Kuck, had said earlier this week that if the case followed the normal trajectory, it could take two to three years.
Abraham Joseph said that he believed that the way in which immigration policy was applied was broken, and that he did not think that people "should be stopped and placed in a place where a murderer would be just to be in the country too long. "
Lawyer Alex Spiro said in "Good Morning America" that he thought that Abraham-Joseph was targeted "because he's both a celebrity and that's". they can use it as a way to send a message and perhaps also because of his music ".
He added that he hoped that the attention could help other people being held in immigration detention.
"There are people who are totally forgotten who exist in these detention centers," said Spiro, adding, "I hope that people like 21 Savage will shed light on these issues and help those who are forgotten . "
ICE spokesman Bryan Cox said soon after the arrest of Abraham-Joseph that he had been arrested as part of a planned, targeted operation of the United States. weeks to months in advance.
At the time, Cox had stated that Abraham-Joseph had exceeded his visa and had also been convicted of drug crimes in Fulton County, Georgia, in October 2014.
Abraham-Joseph's lawyers disputed the fact that he was convicted of a crime.
"He committed a singular offense for marijuana at the age of the university," Spiro said in a television interview. "It's released, sealed, there is no problem."
Fulton County attorneys said they could not comment on the case, which would have been dealt with under the First Offenders Act and will be sealed.
According to an Atlanta police report dating from August 2014, Abraham-Joseph was in a car driven by another man when officers arrested him after an illegal turn in four lanes of traffic. During the search of the car with a police dog, the police found a jar containing 22.6 grams of marijuana, 89 hydrocodone tablets, a prominent scale, two loaded firearms and $ 1775 in species, says the report.
The two men were arrested and charged with possession of marijuana for the purpose of distributing her, possession of hydrocodone for the purpose of distributing and possessing a firearm while committing a crime, says the report.
A notice of seizure and confiscation filed in the Fulton County Superior Court in October 2014 indicates that the $ 1,775 seized during the arrest must be confiscated. It is said that the alleged violation of the law is that Abraham-Joseph and the other man possessed marijuana.
Abraham-Joseph has been nominated for two Grammy awards, including the year's record for "Rockstar" alongside Post Malone. His second solo album "I Am I Was", released in December, made his debut at # 1 in the Billboard's 200-piece chart.