Rapper Freddie Gibbs, who was charged with sexual assault in Austria following a 2015 incident and later released on bail, has been acquitted. His manager, Ben Lambert, shared the news on Twitter and Instagram early Friday morning.
“The truth has come to light,” Lambert said on Instagram. “He’s coming home a free man. Thank you to everyone who has been by our side these past 4 months, sending us good vibes, praying for us. Thank God. To new beginnings …”
Gibbs’ lawyer, Theodore Simon, also released a statement to The FADER.
“Today, September 30, 2016 Freddie Gibbs was found not guilty,” he said. “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.”
He continued, “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.”
Gibbs would have faced 10 years in prison if convicted. He will return home to the states in the wake of the court’s decision.
Read Simon’s statement in full at The FADER.
SOURCE: The FADER, Instagram | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty