Freddie Gibbs Acquitted of Sexual Assault Charges in Austria

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Freddie Gibbs performs at Highline Ballroom on April 26, 2016 in New York City.

After his June arrest in France in connection to an alleged rape that took place in Vienna, Austria in 2015, rapper Freddie Gibbs has been acquitted of sexual charges, his attorney said in a statement sent to Billboard. 

"Today, September 30, 2016 Freddie Gibbs was found not guilty," Gibbs' attorney Theodore Simon wrote. "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."

Gibbs (real name Frederick Tipton) was taken into custody before a performance at Le Rex in Toulouse before posting bail. According to the AFP, Vienna ruled that there was not enough evidence to convict the 34-year-old Indiana rapper, who was accused of having sex with a girl, who was 17 at the time. Gibbs could have faced 10 years in prison. 

Read the rest of Gibbs' statement below:

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.”


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