Update 5: Freddie Gibbs has been acquitted on sexual abuse charges in Austria. The rapper has been stuck in Europe since June with the charges first surfaced. His manager Lambo took to Instagram to make the announcement.
Earlier this morning, Freddie’s lawyer made a statement:
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.
It’s great that Freddie is back and on his way back to the U.S!
UPDATE 4: Freddie Gibbs is out on bail according to manager Ben “Lambo” Lambert. He’ll continue to fight the charges.
UPDATE 3: Freddie Gibbs has been formally charged with sexually assaulting a woman in Austria, according to Reuters. An Austrian court official says “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” while in Vienna last July. If convicted, Gibbs could serve up to 10 years in prison.
Gibbs’ lawyer released this 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.” A hotel receptionist and guest at Grellen Forelle – the club where this allegedly went down – respectively claim that the two women who went backstage were in a good state and able to stand on their own two feet.
Interestingly enough, a separate report from Die Presse adds details involving Gibbs’ bodyguard as well, saying that both men were present during the alleged abuse. Even more interesting, the bodyguard didn’t accompany Gibbs on this most recent trip that led to the June arrest. The plot thickens.
UPDATE 2: Freddie Gibbs was reportedly extradited to a prison in Josefstadt, Vienna, Austria this past Sunday (July 31), Orf.at confirmed with the French Supreme Court. HipHopDX spoke with Gibbs’ lawyer Theodore Simon, who issued this statement:
“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. An investigation is continuing. Mr. Gibbs remains hopeful that a thorough and searching investigation will reveal the actual facts,” it says, “including the absence of any scientific, physical, or credible evidence implicating him, thereby paving the way for his exoneration.”
This is only going to get worse before it gets better.
UPDATE: A French court has officially ordered Freddie Gibbs’ extradition to Austria, according to France24. Michael Malka, Gibbs’ lawyer, says that the Gary, Indiana rapper is considering appealing the decision and only has 72 hours to do so. He says that Gibbs “has no intention of escaping justice, whether French or Austrian” and would like to avoid the country’s “harsh transfer procedure” by turning himself into authorities. We’ll keep you updated as it goes on.
Freddie Gibbs has been holed up in a European prison on alleged rape charges for the last couple weeks, but it looks like something just gave for the ESGN rapper.
The Daily Mail reports that the French courts have granted Gibbs bail to the tune of 50,000 Euros ($56,000). While he’s expected to be released sometime later today or tomorrow, he has to turn in his passport and check in with authorities three times a week until his trial.
Gibbs’ attorney Scott E. Leemon released this statement hours ago:
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 fiancée has flown to France to support him. She has his back and knows he didn’t do anything wrong.