Last week rapper Freddie Gibbs was arrested in France for an alleged rape stemming from an incident in 2015. Now, the artist will remain in custody for another week, after his extradition hearing for the charge was postponed.
According to the AFP, Gibbs’s lawyer Michael Malka said in a hearing, “Freddie Gibbs has indicated to the court that he would not be willing to be handed over to Austrian authorities without exercising his rights to a defense.”
Malka added: “He categorically denies the accusations made against him in Austria. He is even very surprised that Austria could act on this a year later, while he was on tour in Europe.”
The original warrant for Gibbs’s arrest was issued in Austria, just as he was expected to take the stage at the Rex concert venue in Toulouse. The Pinata rapper’s lawyers are seeking bail but the request will not be examined until this Tuesday.
The incident has created conflicts with Gibbs’s touring schedule, which includes shows in Portugal, Canada and France (he’s still expected to perform alongside Ghostface Killah and Schoolboy Q this Friday in Toronto, followed by his performance at this year’s Roots Picnic in New York).
Ben Lambert, Gibbs’s manager, has been tweeting in support of the Gary, Indiana rapper while he remains in custody.
Free my brother Freddie.
— LAMBOLAMBO 🦓 (@LAMBOLAMBO) June 10, 2016
Last month, frequent Gibbs collaborator and producer Madlib announced that they were readying another collaborative album, that would serve as the follow up to their well-received 2014 release, Pinata.
Speaking with Chairman Mao as a part of this year’s Red Bull Music Academy Festival in New York, the Beat Konducta stated that the project is called Bandana, and will feature a handful of unused The Life Of Pablo submissions (too bad Gangsta Gibbs didn’t get to keep that “No More Parties In L.A.” beat for himself, although that didn’t stop him from putting his own spin on TLOP standout).