Atlanta, GA – 21 Savage’s legal team is speaking up following reports the British-born artist was carrying a loaded gun at the time of his ICE arrest. According to a statement sent to HipHopDX, attorney Brian Steel unequivocally denies the Glock found in the red Dodge Challenger belonged to 21 Savage. He also insists the vehicle didn’t belong to the I Am > I Was rapper either.
“That was not his car and the gun retrieved is not his,” Steel said. “No one will be falsely accusing my client. 21 Savage has done absolutely nothing wrong.”
Alex Spiro, who was brought on by JAY-Z and Roc Nation to assist the case, also refutes the recently reported arrest by the Atlanta Police Department.
“ICE has confirmed he was targeted for immigration enforcement and nothing more,” Spiro explained in the statement. “He was never arrested by the police and some other individual’s firearm and vehicle is not our concern here.”
21 is currently undergoing ICE “removal proceedings” and being held without bond.
[This article has been updated. The original version was published on February 7, 2019 at 11:22 a.m. PST and can be found below.]
21 Savage was arrested by ICE officials on Sunday (February 3) and remains detained. In the wake of his arrest, more details are starting to emerge. According to TMZ, the platinum-selling rapper was in possession of a loaded gun when he was pulled over.
The Saint Laurent Don was reportedly “driving recklessly” before hitting a marked cop car. Consequently, police pulled over his red Dodge Challenger and discovered a Glock with an extended magazine inside his glove compartment. 21 was then taken by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).
Cops also said they confiscated a styrofoam cup containing an unknown substance for evidence. It was reportedly found in the center console of the vehicle.
Young Nudy and two other men were taken into custody as well. Several documents confirm multiple law enforcement agencies were involved, including DeKalb K-9 Unit, Vice Unit, Narcotics Unit, ATF, Georgia State Patrol and the DeKalb 90 Unit. Although there was no mention of ICE, a source at ATF insists ICE was on the scene.
21 is currently represented by legal experts Charles Kuck, Dina LaPolt and Tia Smith. On Wednesday (February 6), JAY-Z and Roc Nation hired attorney Alex Spiro to assist the case.
“In addition to being a successful recording artist, Savage deserves to be reunited with his children immediately,” Hov said in an official statement.
Despite having a pending U Visa application and no criminal convictions that make him deportable, 21 is being held without bond.