Rapper Freddie Gibbs has been formerly charged with sexual assault. The Gary, Indiana native has been fighting a legal case where he has been accused of raping a woman July of last year while on tour in Austria, according to Reuters. His charges are “sexual abuse of a defenseless or psychologically impaired person” (basically he is being accused of drugging a woman before allegedly raping her). If convicted, Gibbs could face a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison. He is sits in jail in Vienna awaiting further proceeding. Ever since the claims have brought against him, Gibbs has maintained his innocence and one of his lawyers, Theodore Simon, released a statement making it clear that just because Gibbs is charged with the crime does not mean he committed it. He was extradited to Austria after being arrested in France this past June. At first Gibbs sought to appeal the judgement, but had a change of heart and decided to comply with law enforcement. Through out all of this, he has maintained his innocence.
Gibbs lawyer, Theodore Simon’s 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% innocent,” the statement says. “He continues to pursue every available means to demonstrate that he is absolutely innocent and that he has been both belatedly and wrongly accused. As the investigation and process continues, Mr. Gibbs remains hopeful that a thorough, searching and complete investigation will reveal the actual facts, including the absence of any scientific, physical, or credible evidence implicating him, thereby paving the way for his exoneration and return to his family and one-year old child. In accordance with Austrian procedure Mr. Gibbs has not as yet had the opportunity to provide the authorities and the Court with the substantial and compelling exonerating evidence that he has compiled.”
“Consistent with the available legal practices and procedures in Austria, Mr. Gibbs will ask the Court to release him on bail, under reasonable terms and conditions, as was done in France,” Simon continues. “Through counsel Mr. Freddie Gibbs has consistently remained fully cooperative with law enforcement offices and judicial systems in both France and Austria and will continue to do so.”
Thursday it was reported by Reuters, that US rapper Freddy Gibbs was freed on bail of 50,000 euros ($56,560) and had to surrender his passport.