“The arrest and detention of 21 Savage is an absolute travesty.”
Jay-Z Calls 21 Savage Arrest a 'Travesty,' Roc Nation Hires Him Legal Help https://t.co/lnP2rwXvIp
— TMZ (@TMZ) February 6, 2019
21 Savage, whose real name is Shayaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, was arrested by ICE agents Super Bowl Sunday. ICE claims that the rapper is a citizen of the United Kingdom and had overstayed his visa. ICE also added that 21 Savage’s arrest stemmed from a “targeted operation.”
According to The Guardian, Jay-Z’s lawyer, Alex Spiro, has since been hired to assist the “A Lot” rapper.
Spiro told Variety that they would not stop working on the case “until [21 Savage] is released, bonded out or in front of a judge. What we have here is someone who overstayed their Visa with an application pending for 4 years – not a convicted criminal that needs to be detained and removed but, by all accounts a wonderful person, father, and entertainer who has a marijuana offense which was vacated and sealed.”
Jay-Z wrote a Facebook stating, “the arrest and detention of 21 Savage is an absolute travesty, his U visa petition has been pending for 4 years. In addition to being a successful recording artist, 21 deserves to be reunited with his children immediately.”
According to attorney Charles H. Kuck, who is representing the rapper, “Mr. Abraham-Joseph has three US citizen children, a lawful permanent resident mother and four siblings that are either US citizens or lawful permanent residents. “He has exceptionally strong ties in the United States, having lived here since he was in the first grade.”