For the last two weeks, Freddie Gibbs has been locked up in France for an alleged rape that happened in Austria a year before. The rapper was in the midst of his European tour and preparing to hit the stage in Paris the day he was arrested.
Austrian officials have been trying to have Gibbs extradited, but his lawyers have managed to prevent that thus far. He’s now out on a bail fresh out of jail after paying €50,000 ($55,905), but he must remain in France, pending a final decision from Austrian officials regarding the extradition. Gibbs maintains his innocence, and his lawyers say there is no evidence linking him to the alleged crime.
From Scott Leemon, Gibbs’ lawyer:
“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.
Great to know that his family is by his side, those locked up abroad situations can become a long, tedious and annoying process.