Freddie Gibbs’ lawyer has come forward to deny charges of rape after the rapper’s arrest in France.
Before the rapper was set to perform at Le Rex in Toulouse on Thursday (June 2), he was arrested by authorities for the alleged incident that happened a year prior in Austria, La Depeche reports.
In a statement to VIBE via email, Scott E. Leemon described the charges as “trumped up” and questioned the timing of the arrest. Currently, the rapper is on an international tour spanning from Switzerland, Germany and Isreal.
“Gibbs adamantly denies the allegations that have been levied against by Austrian authorities, Leemon said. “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.”
Billboard reports the 33-year-old was present before a judge in France on Friday to fight extradition to Austria. The rapper himself has yet to publically comment on the charges. Aside from his tour, Gibbs recently announced plans to reunite with Madlib for a new project called Bandana. It would be a follow-up to their widely received 2015 EP, Pinata.
So far, his upcoming shows in France, Toronto and Portugal have not been canceled.