Yasiin Bey Turned Away by South African Court for Wearing Turban

Us hip hop artist and actor, Yasiin Bey, popularly known as Mos Def, walks out of the Bellville Magistrates Court, refusing to take off his turban as requested by security, before being due to appear for contravening South African immigration laws, on March 8, 2016, in Cape Town.
Mos Def was arrested trying to leave, at Cape Town airport, with a"world passport" which South African authorities did not recognize as a legal travel document. Bey claims he has used this document to travel before. / AFP / Rodger BOSCH        (Photo: Rodger Bosch/AFP/Getty Images)

Yasiin Bey Turned Away by South African Court for Wearing Turban

Reports say that he was denied entry to court this morning.

Published March 8, 2016

Earlier this year, Yasiin Bey, the Brooklyn-born MC formerly as Mos Def, was arrested in South Africa for using fraudulent documents (i.e. a world passport, which the country does not recognize as legitimate).

Today, March 8, prior to a court appearance regarding his arrest nearly two months ago, it was reported by TMZ that he was turned away upon entering the courthouse for refusing to take off the turban he was donning. He later was allowed entry when he changed into a loose purple scarf instead.

As a result of today’s hearing, it was agreed to postpone the hearing as the investigation needs more time to unfold, with a new date being set for later this month. In the meantime, Bey will remain free on bail.

It still remains unclear what sort of punishment he is facing if he is convicted of the charges against him.

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(Photo: Rodger Bosch/AFP/Getty Images)

Written by KC Orcutt


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