Freddie Gibbs was granted release on bail today, and forced to hand over his passport.
Freddie Gibbs has been caught up in some very unfortunate circumstances as of late, and what makes it even more harrowing is the fact that he's in a foreign country. Yesterday, we reported on how the rapper had been charged with sexual assault in Austria, stemming from an incident that allegedly took place in 2015.
Gibbs released a statement via his lawyer on the charge yesterday, maintaining his innocence. As promised in yesterday's statement, Gibbs' legal team has pursued his bail options, and today, Gibbs has been granted bail. According to a Vienna criminal court spokeswoman, Gibbs was released on bail of 50,000 euros ($56,560) and had to surrender his passport.
Gibbs' lawyers have once again released a statement concerning this latest legal turn. Read the statement below. We'll keep you posted as Gibbs' case develops.
Freddie Gibbs was released today on bail. 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.
Yesterday’s charge remains only an allegation, and it does not in any way change the actual facts that Freddie Gibbs is 100% innocent.
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.