Freddie Gibbs has been acquitted of the sexual assault charge brought against him by Austrian authorities in June. The Vienna regional court gave Gibbs, 34, whose real name is Fredrick Tipton, the benefit of the doubt that he not had sex with the girl, who was 17 at the time.
According to the AFP, the local media reported, that on the charge sheet Gibbs took the alleged victim and a 16-year-old friend back to his hotel after a concert in Vienna on July 5, 2015.
It said both girls had been drinking heavily backstage and their drinks were possibly spiked. At the hotel he was alleged to have had sex with the 17-year-old, who was too intoxicated to resist.She made the claims after having flashbacks of what allegedly happened eight months later, leading to his arrest in France in July and his extradition to Austria
According to Pitchfork , Gibbs was found not guilty of “sexual abuse of a defenseless or psychologically impaired person.” The rapper’s lawyer issued the news in a statement, saying:
“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.
“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.”
Gibbs, released on bail in August, had denied the charges. He had faced up to 10 years in jail if convicted. The verdict can still be appealed.