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21 Savage sued for $1 million by promoter in civil case

Rapper 21 Savage has another legal headache.

A week after the Liberty County District Attorney’s office rejected a felony case against the Atlanta rapper for a contract dispute regarding a 2016 performance, the club promoter has re-filed it as a civil case in Fulton County, where the artist resides.

Sadaetirs Kent Smith, who booked the rapper for the show, is seeking $60,000 for breach of contract and $1 million dollars for emotional distress. She is also requesting a trial by jury.

In rejecting the felony case last week, the Liberty County D.A. deemed it a civil matter. 

Smith alleges that 21 Savage – legally known a She’yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph– accepted a payment of $16,500 for a Sept. 4, 2016, concert at Club Bo’Maz in Hinesville, but never performed.

The rapper, 26, is alleged to have caused “damage to the property of the event’s venue as he departed” and for “sneaking out of the venue after getting paid.”

Smith’s filing also notes that 21 Savage was granted up to 30 complimentary admissions for his guest list at a cost of $1,200. Additional monies were spent for security and concert production, such as sound and lighting.

Smith filed for a warrant in October 2016, but didn’t pursue the matter until 21 Savage was arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Feb. 3 for overstaying his visa and residing in the country illegally. The rapper spent 10 days in the Irwin County Detention Center in Ocilla before a federal immigration judge in Atlanta approved his release on a $100,000 bond.

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Melissa Ruggieri
Melissa Ruggieri
Atlanta Journal-Constitution staff writer Melissa Ruggieri covers music and entertainment news for the AJC. She remembers when MTV was awesome.  

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