shyne_lWe’ve known about the pending release of Shyne Po, but I was told yesterday that the release was being delayed. This afternoon, CBS News jumped the gun by reported the following:

NEW YORK (CBS) New York Rapper Shyne was released from prison today after serving more than eight years for his role in a 1999 New York night club shooting involving mentor Sean “P. Diddy” Combs and actress Jennifer Lopez.

A Clinton Correctional Facility staffer confirmed his release.

But MTV News followed up with a correction….Shyne is actually still in federal custody, pending a review of his immigration status:

“Representatives for the rapper revealed to MTV News that the Brooklyn MC is being detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement at an unspecified facility in Western New York State. Officials are determining whether or not to deport the rapper, who was born in Belize, a rep explained.

“Shyne is currently in federal custody while his future immigration status is determined,” the rep said in a message to MTV News. Shyne attorney Oscar Michelen emphasized to MTV News on Tuesday afternoon that Shyne has not been released, contrary to media reports.”

This is worrisome for his fans. Insiders knew of a looming deportation threat throughout his parole process. And there were many steps being taken to try to resolve them…even hopes that powerful connections to Belizean officials would be able to help. We will have to wait and see what happens.