Freddie Gibbs was found “not guilty” of the sexual assault charges he was arrested for while on tour in Europe in 2015.
French “flics” (cops) arrested Gibbs in June of last year prior to a show he was scheduled to play in Toulouse for allegedly drugging a woman and “abusing her sexually while [she] was in a defenseless state” while on tour in Austria. He was released from jail, but it cost him a $56,000 bond and his passport. He was required to stay in France for the duration of his court case, as well as physically check in at the police station there three times a week. It is no surprise that he, as well as his family who joined him to support him throughout the case, have been anxiously awaiting its termination and are relieved with the verdict that is allowing them all to return home to the United States.
There was apparently no evidence whatsoever supporting the allegations, and his lawyer and manager were confident that he would come out of this trial relatively unscathed. His lawyer, Theodore Simon, had this to say regarding the verdict:
“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.”