Rapper Freddie Gibbs was reportedly taken into custody just minutes ahead of a planned performance Thursday in Toulouse, France on alleged rape charges. According to French news source La Depeche du Midi, Gibbs was “wanted in connection with a European arrest warrant issued by Austria for a rape allegedly committed in 2015.”
Gibbs was en route to perform at the Le Rex club in Tolouse when he was picked up by authorities and put in handcuffs. Shortly thereafter, according to La Depeche du Midi, “he was presented to the public prosecutor and imprisoned pending his extradition to Austria.” Austrian publication Vienna Online got in touch with the city prosecutor’s office, reporting, “Nina Bussek, spokeswoman for the Vienna prosecutor’s office confirmed on Saturday evening corresponding French media reports. ‘We have requested his transfer.'”
Rather conspicuously, Gibbs was set to perform a show in Vienna last week at the Grelle Forest, which he canceled at the last minute citing transportation issues.
Apologies to my fans in Vienna, Austria. Had some transportation issues. Will be back soon.
— Freddie Gibbs (@FreddieGibbs) May 26, 2016
“Freddie Gibbs adamantly denies that allegations that have been levied against by Austrian authorities,” said Gibbs’ management in a statement to Complex. “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.”
We will update this story as more details become available.