Shyne Seeks 25,000 Signatures for Petition to Re-Enter U.S.

Since his release from prison in 2009 the former Bad Boy rapper has been living in his native Belize.

Posted: 05/29/2012 06:57 PM EDT

Shyne has been unable to enter the United States since his prison release three years ago, but now the one-time Bad Boy rapper is attempting to return to America...with the help of 25,000 fans.

The Belize native, who changed his name to Moses Michael Levi after converting to Judaism while in prison, has created a petition via the White House's official website to be granted a new visa. The petition asks for 25,000 signatures by June 15.

Shyne was released from jail in 2009 after serving eight years for attempted murder and assault stemming from his involvement in the infamous 1999 Club New York shooting. Though he did his time in New York, he was deported from the country upon his release.

In his petition the "Bad Boyz" rapper says he has dedicated himself to youth outreach and community service in Belize and Israel and wants a visa so he can continue that work in the States.


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