Indiana rapper Freddie Gibbs was arrested in Toulouse, France, Thursday (June 2) in connection to an alleged rape that took place in Austria in 2015.
Gibbs, whose real name is Fredrick Tipton, was taken into custody before a scheduled concert at Le Rex in Toulouse, French news outlet La Depeche reports. Gibbs’ representatives have denied the allegations.
“Freddie Gibbs adamantly denies the allegations that have been levied against by Austrian authorities,” his lawyer Scott Leemon wrote statement obtained by Billboard. “It makes you wonder why it took almost a year for Austrian officials to bring these charges.”
Gibbs reportedly stood before a judge in France on Friday and plans to fight extradition to Austria. “Freddie will be fighting the extradition request as these are nothing more than trumped up charges,” Leemon said.
The rapper is still scheduled to perform in London, France, Portugal and Toronto in the coming days, according to his website.