Earlier this month it was reported that Freddie Gibbs had been arrested in France just moments before he was expected to perform. The arrest was the result of an alleged rape in Austria from 2015. Just a few days before his arrest, Gibbs was expected to also perform in Austria but had told fans that he would not be able to make it there due to “transportation issues.”
Days after his arrest, Gibbs and his lawyers fought to find a way for him to be released on bail. After two weeks of being held in a French prison, Gibbs has finally been released on $56,000 bail. He is expected to return to court on June 23.
Gibbs’ lawyer Scott E. Leemon shared an official statement on the situation, saying:
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.