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Freddie Gibbs Has Been Charged With Sexual Assault In Austria (Update)

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Update: Freddie Gibbs has been released on bail. His attorney released the following statement to Complex: 

“Freddie Gibbs was released today on bail. We believe this is the first step toward his eventual exoneration and vindication. We are pleased and thankful that the Court recognized the same trust and confidence we have in Freddie that justified his release. Immediately after his release I spoke with Freddie who expressed his heartfelt appreciation and thanks for the overwhelming outpouring of support he has received. Yesterday’s charge remains only an allegation, and it does not in any way change the actual facts that Freddie Gibbs is 100% innocent. As he has done with his bail request, he continues to pursue every available means to demonstrate that he is absolutely innocent and that he has been both belatedly and wrongly accused. As the investigation and process continues, Mr. Gibbs remains hopeful that a thorough, searching and complete investigation will reveal the actual facts, including the absence of any scientific, physical, or credible evidence implicating him, thereby paving the way for his exoneration and return to his family and one-year old child. In accordance with Austrian procedure Mr. Gibbs has not as yet had the opportunity to provide the authorities and the Court with the substantial and compelling exonerating evidence that he has compiled. Through counsel Mr. Freddie Gibbs has consistently remained fully cooperative with law enforcement offices and judicial systems in both France and Austria and will continue to do so.”

Original story from 8/17:

Freddie Gibbs’ overseas arrest and rape allegations have taken another turn today, as the rapper, who has been held in Europe since June, was formally charged with sexual assault in Austria. He is charged with drugging a woman’s drink and then sexually assaulting her. He is facing 10 years if convicted.

Says Reuters: 

“He is alleged to have administered knock-out drops to a woman and then have abused her sexually while she was in a defenseless state,” a spokesman for Vienna’s criminal court said, referring to drugs used to spike a person’s drink.

The alleged incident occurred backstage in July last year.

Gibbs was charged on Tuesday with “sexual abuse of a defenseless or psychologically impaired person”, and if convicted faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, the spokesman said.

A Vienna-based lawyer for Gibbs, Thomas Kralik, said his client had neither abused nor had sexual contact with the woman, and that he had yet to be formally notified of the charge.

“He strenuously denies (the accusations),” Kralik said, adding that Gibbs also had nothing to do with the woman’s drink being spiked.

A U.S. lawyer for Gibbs, Theodore Simon, said in an emailed statement: “While Freddie Gibbs was charged with an offense today, it remains only an allegation, and it does not in any way change the actual facts that Freddie Gibbs is 100 percent innocent.”

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Freddie Gibbs’ Attorney Releases Statement Amid Extradition to Austria

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Freddie Gibbs was reportedly extradited from France, where he was out on bail, to Austria on July 31, where he remains behind bars.  Gibbs was wanted in connection with a European arrest warrant issued by Austrian authorities for a rape allegedly committed in 2015. Gibbs has yet to be charged with a crime.

In response to the extradition, Gibbs’ lawyer Theodore Simon released the following statement to Complex:

“Mr. Freddie Gibbs while free on bail in France voluntarily withdrew his procedural extradition appeal. He did so to work cooperatively with authorities to assure a smooth transfer to Austria and to further enhance the opportunity for an expedited decision on the merits. Freddie has faithfully abided by all terms and conditions of his release and transfer set by the Court.

He continues to pursue every available means to demonstrate that he is absolutely innocent and that he has been both belatedly and wrongly accused. To be clear and accurate, to date Freddie Gibbs has not, we reiterate, Freddie Gibbs has not been charged with any offense. An investigation is continuing. Mr. Gibbs remains hopeful that a thorough and searching investigation will reveal the actual facts, including the absence of any scientific, physical, or credible evidence implicating him, thereby paving the way for his exoneration and return to his family and one- year old child.

Consistent with the available legal practices and procedures in Austria, Mr. Gibbs will ask the Court to release him on bail, under reasonable terms and conditions, as was done in France.

Through counsel Mr. Freddie Gibbs has consistently remained fully cooperative with law enforcement offices and judicial systems in both France and Austria and will continue to do so.”

We hope Gibbs is able to return home to be with his family in the very near future.

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Freddie Gibbs Has Been Granted Bail

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Some good news in an otherwise bad situation for Freddie Gibbs. Thankfully, he’s been granted bail in France where he’s currently being held on rape charges. The ticket was €50,000 ($55,905), but he should be a free man by press time.

Fred’s lawyer, Scott Leemon, released the following statement:

I am pleased to announce that the French attorneys, Ludovic Riviere and Michael Malka, were able to convince the Judge in Toulouse to release FREDDIE GIBBS on bail pending a final decision on the extradition request by the Austrian authorities. He will be released upon the deposit of $50,000 Euros. He will be required to turn in his passport and check in with authorities 3 times per week. We expect him to be released either today or tomorrow while the court decides what to do with the extradition request.

Additionally, last weekend, I had the chance to fly to France and meet with FREDDIE and the attorneys from both France and Austria. After the meeting, and talking to Freddie it is really shocking these allegations were ever filed against him. They were brought months later with no scientific nor physical evidence against him. We are hoping that the Public Prosecutor in Austria sees this and decides not to file formal charges against him. If she does, FREDDIE will fight them with everything he has.

He has worked too hard on his career and family to get where he is and is in complete shock over this false allegation.

It is important to note that his fiancé has flown to France to support him. She has his back and knows he didn’t do anything wrong.

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Listen to Freddie Gibbs on the Rap Radar Podcast

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While on the road for his Shadow of a Doubt tour, Gibbs dropped by the Rap Radar Podcast in NYC — his first time in the city in two years. Freddie sat down with Elliott and BDot to discuss a number of topics including tour life, social media, fatherhood, ending beef with Jeezy and surviving an assassination attempt a few years back. If Gibbs is involved, you already know it’s an entertaining affair.

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