Mos Def leaves South Africa on a US passport

CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA
Associated Press
FILE - In this March 24, 2016 file photo, American actor and musician Yasiin Bey, also known as Mos Def, leaves the Bellville Magistrates' Court in Bellville, South Africa. Bey left South Africa on Tuesday Nov. 22, 2016, after apologizing to the government after authorities accused him of violating the country's immigration laws. In turn, authorities say, charges against him will be dropped. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam, File)

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Hip-hop star Yasiin Bey — also known as Mos Def — has left South Africa after making a deal with authorities who accused him of violating the country's immigration laws.

South Africa's home affairs department on Wednesday confirmed that Bey had left the country on Tuesday after apologizing to the government. In turn, authorities say, charges against him will be dropped.

Earlier this year, Bey was arrested in Cape Town following an attempt to leave South Africa using a document called a "world passport," which South Africa does not recognize as valid. The government says Bey had since applied for an American passport after using one in the past.

Bey has announced he is retiring from the music business after farewell concerts in December in New York and Washington, D.C.