Freddie Gibbs international legal battle is finally over and he’s finally free to return to the States. For months, Gibbs has been facing charges of sexual assault in Austria and word has come down that he has been acquitted in the case.
News first arrived by way of his manager, Ben “Lambo” Lambert,” who shared the message on Instagram. “The truth has come to light,” he wrote. “Freddie has been acquitted of the false accusations. He’s coming home a free man. Thank you to everyone who has been by our side these past four months, sending us good vibes, praying for us. Thank God. To new beginnings.”
The Gary, Indiana native first detained in France back in June then later extradited to Hungary to the face the charges. The incident in question was alleged to have taken place in 2015 with a woman accused Gibbs of rape. Throughout the process he and his legal team maintained his innocence in the case and, in a statement, his attorney Theodore Simon says they’re “pleased and thankful” Gibbs has had his name cleared by the courts. Simon also remarks that “Freddie and his family look forward to returning to the States so he can resume his life and career.”
Read the full statement below.
“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.”