Freddie Gibbs Acquitted in Austrian Sexual Abuse Trial [UPDATE]
The Gary, Indiana rapper was accused of allegedly administering knock-out drops to a woman in July 2015, and abusing the woman while she was in a “defenseless state.
”Freddie Gibbs is 100% innocent,” his lawyers said in a press release back in August after the rapper was released on $56,000 bail. “He continues to pursue every available means to demonstrate that he is absolutely innocent and that he has been both belatedly and wrongly accused.”
Gibbs’ legal issues started back in June 2016, where he was taken into custody before a scheduled concert performance in Toulouse, France on alleged rape charges. French authorities said they were acting on an arrest warrant for the rapper for a rape that allegedly happened in 2015. Gibbs was taken into custody but was released from a prison in Toulouse on $55,000 bail while appealing his extradition to Austria. However, the French Supreme Court confirmed the extradition of Gibbs to Austria in July. He was later released on bail. For his part, Gibbs always adamantly denied the charges.
The 34 year-old faced up to 10 years in prison if he'd been convicted. The verdict can still be appealed, but for now Gibbs is a free man. No word yet on when he'll be heading back to the states.
*Update* Freddie Gibbs' attorney, Theodore Simon, has released an official statement about his acquittal. See below.
“Today, September 30, 2016 Freddie Gibbs was found not guilty. We have always maintained unconditionally and without any doubt that Freddie would be and now has been fully exonerated and completely vindicated. We are pleased and thankful that the Court recognized the same trust and confidence we and all of his fans have had in Freddie that justified and resulted in his absolute acquittal. Immediately after his acquittal I spoke with Freddie who expressed his deeply sincere, heartfelt gratitude and thanks to his fiancé Erica Dickerson for her unwavering support, for the steadfast and incomparable loyalty of his long time friend and manager Ben “Lambo” Lambert, for the extraordinary work and effort of his lawyers and for the overwhelming outpouring of love he has received from his fans. He says, “Thank you!” While we are appreciative of the verdict of not guilty, nothing has changed. The actual facts have always demonstrated that Freddie was and is 100% innocent. It is now self-evident he was wrongly accused. The trial has confirmed our belief that after a searching and complete investigation and trial the true and actual facts would be revealed - that there always was an absence of any scientific, physical, or credible evidence that would warrant in any way such an accusation. Freddie and his family look forward to returning to the States so he can resume his life and career.”