Gary, Indiana rapper Freddie Gibbs, aka Fredrick Tipton, was arrested before a show in Toulouse, France on Thursday, according to local French news outlet La Depeche. The arrest came moments before Gibbs was scheduled to take the stage at Le Rex, a venue in Toulouse, and reportedly stems from a European warrant issued by Austria relating to an alleged rape Gibbs committed in 2015.
Gibbs was on a world tour at the time of his arrest and was forced to cancel an appearance in Vienna, Austria, due to what he described as “transportation issues” on Twitter.
The rapper’s lawyer, Scott Leemon, has responded to the allegations via a statement issued to Allhiphop.com. It reads: “Freddie Gibbs adamantly denies the allegations that have been levied against [him] by Austrian authorities. It makes you wonder why it took almost a year for Austrian officials to bring these charges. Freddie will be fighting the extradition request as these are nothing more than trumped up charges.”
As La Depeche notes, a hearing took place yesterday afternoon, after which Gibbs was presented to the public prosecutor and detained pending his extradition to Austria.
Update June 17th: Gibbs has been released from a French jail on $56,000 bail. He’s due back in court on June 23rd.
According to a statement from his lawyer, Scott E. Leemon:
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 fiancée has flown to France to support him. She has his back and knows he didn’t do anything wrong.