Freddie Gibbs Arrested in France on Alleged Rape Charges
Freddie Gibbs was arrested Thursday night in Toulouse, France on charges stemming from an alleged rape that occurred in Austria in August 2015. The Shadow of a Doubt rapper was scheduled to perform at Toulouse’s Le Rex Friday night when he was detained, forcing the cancellation of the concert.
A European warrant was issued for the rapper’s arrest, Le Depeche reports. Austrian authorities are now seeking extradition for the rapper to face questions regarding the investigation in Austria. A decision on Gibbs’ status could come in several days.
“Freddie Gibbs adamantly denies the allegations that have been levied against by Austrian authorities,” Gibbs’ lawyer told Rolling Stone in a statement. “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.”
Gibbs’ set at Primavera Friday was also canceled “due to unforeseen circumstances beyond the festival’s control,” the fest tweeted Friday.
Gibbs had a Vienna, Austria concert scheduled for May 26th, but that show was abruptly canceled. “Apologies to my fans in Vienna, Austria. Had some transportation issues. Will be back soon,” Gibbs tweeted at the time without mentioning that a warrant had been issued for his arrest.
The status of Gibbs’ remaining European shows – including stops in London, Marseilles, and Porto, Portugal – is unclear. The rapper’s next North American concert is scheduled for June 17th in Toronto. Recently, Gibbs revealed that he and Madlib were reteaming for their follow-up to Pinata, one of Rolling Stone‘s 40 Best Rap Albums of 2014.