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Freddie Gibbs has been acquitted of a sexual assault charge brought against him in Austria.
The Gary, Indiana today was found not guilty of “sexual abuse of a defenseless or psychologically impaired person”, according to his lawyer, Theodore Simon. Gibbs had been accused of spiking a woman’s drink and then having “abused her sexually while she was in a defenseless state” while on tour in Vienna, Austria in 2015.
Following the allegations, Austrian authorities issued a warrant for Gibbs’ arrest, which was carried out by French authorities prior to the rapper’s show in Toulouse in June. He was extradited to Austria, but was ultimately released on bail after handing over his passport.
Simon, the lawyer for Gibbs, said in a statement, “We believe this is the first step toward his eventual exoneration and vindication. We are pleased and thankful that the Court recognized the same trust and confidence we have in Freddie that justified his release.”
Read Simon’s full statement below.
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.