Vienna, Austria – Freddie Gibbs has been released from jail in Austria after posting bail for an undisclosed amount today (August 18), according to a statement from his legal team sent to HipHopDX.
“Freddie Gibbs was released today on bail,” Theodore Simon, one of Gibbs’ attorneys, says. “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. Immediately after his release I spoke with Freddie who expressed his heartfelt appreciation and thanks for the overwhelming outpouring of support he has received.”
This comes a day after Gibbs was formally charged with sexual assault after he was accused of drugging and raping a woman when he was on tour a year ago.
“Yesterday’s charge remains only an allegation, and it does not in any way change the actual facts that Freddie Gibbs is 100% innocent,” the statement continues.
The rapper was extradited to Austria, the country where the incident allegedly occurred, after being arrested in France in June. He made bail in France as well and his lawyers point out that he has cooperated with authorities with each step of the legal process.
“As he has done with his bail request, he continues to pursue every available means to demonstrate that he is absolutely innocent and that he has been both belatedly and wrongly accused. As the investigation and process continues, Mr. Gibbs remains hopeful that a thorough, searching and complete investigation will reveal the actual facts, including the absence of any scientific, physical, or credible evidence implicating him, thereby paving the way for his exoneration and return to his family and one-year old child.
“In accordance with Austrian procedure Mr. Gibbs has not as yet had the opportunity to provide the authorities and the Court with the substantial and compelling exonerating evidence that he has compiled.
“Through counsel Mr. Freddie Gibbs has consistently remained fully cooperative with law enforcement offices and judicial systems in both France and Austria and will continue to do so.”