As previously reported, 21 Savage’s ICE detention was allegedly set off by the arrest of his cousin, Young Nudy. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the rapper had been booked in a DeKalb county jail in Atlanta on aggravated assault and gang charges, followed by authorities obtaining a warrant for his arrest on February 1. According to the rapper’s attorney, W. Scott Smith, the warrants for his arrest were stemmed from an incident that occurred two years ago.
Smith claims that the Atlanta Police Department initially investigated and cleared Quantavious Thomas, but the charges were picked up by DeKalb police, the law enforcement agency for the DeKalb county of Atlanta, Georgia. “We believe that Young Nudy is innocent and this is a case of mistaken identity,” he said. “Young Nudy’s legal team is working closely with law enforcement to ensure this case does not get blown out of proportion.”
He adds, “Young Nudy is taking these charges very seriously. Had law enforcement contacted us directly we would have voluntarily surrendered, but Young Nudy was arrested shortly after a performance Saturday night.”
While Young Nudy’s case is now in the process of getting cleared, 21 Savage is reportedly fighting against deportation from the United States.