Freddie Gibbs was fortunate to receive some good news in regards to the sexual assault charges placed against him in Austria. After being detained overseas for a period of time, the rapper was finally acquitted of all charges and was found “not guilty.”
This morning (Sept. 30), his attorney, Theodore Simon announced the news in a statement on behalf of the Gary, Ind. emcee.
“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.”
Gangsta Gibbs was originally indicted on charges that he sexually assaulted a young woman in Vienna, as the then 16 year old claimed that the rapper allegedly spiked her drink in 2015. He then was released on bail in August and he denied the charges. The rapper faced up to 10 years in prison if found guilty. After reviewing the evidence, the Vienna regional court sided with Gibbs.
Austrian lawyer Thomas Kralik, who represented Gibbs told members of the media that despite the young woman’s claims, there was no “objective proof.”
“There is no objective proof that Freddie Gibbs had sex with this woman,” Gibbs’ said Kralik “Independent witnesses like the hotel receptionist and a hotel guest have stated that the women were tipsy but definitely still able to walk on their own two legs.”