US rapper Freddie Gibbs cleared of drugging, raping 17-year-old girl after Austria gig

BY ASSOCIATED PRESS & SIMON HOLMES FOR MAILONLINE

U.S. rapper Freddie Gibbs has been cleared of drugging and raping a 17-year-old girl in a hotel room by an Austrian court.

The Vienna regional court gave Gibbs, 34, whose real name is Fredrick Tipton, the benefit of the doubt that he not had sex with the alleged victim.

According to the charge sheet reported by local media, Gibbs took the girl and a 16-year-old friend back to his hotel after a concert in Vienna on July 5, 2015.

It said both girls had been drinking heavily backstage and their drinks were possibly spiked.

At the hotel he was alleged to have had sex with the 17-year-old, who was too intoxicated to resist.

She made the claims after having flashbacks of what allegedly happened eight months later, leading to his arrest in France in July and his extradition to Austria.

Gibbs, released on bail in August, had denied the charges. He had faced up to 10 years in jail if convicted. The verdict can still be appealed.

Gibbs frequently sings about sex, drugs and sexual violence towards women.

In one on his songs called ‘Go For It’, he sings the lyrics: ‘I’m the type of n**** to hit you with the dope.

He was charged in August with ‘sexual abuse of a defenseless or psychologically impaired person’.

The rapper, 34, who frequently sings about sex, drugs and sexual violence towards women,was seen arriving in court on Friday just before he was cleared of the charges 

His lawyer Thomas Kralik said his client maintained throughout the legal battle that he had neither abused nor had sexual contact with the woman.

‘He strenuously denies (the accusations),’ Kralik said when the musician was arrested in August, adding that Gibbs also had nothing to do with the woman’s drink being spiked.

His album, Pinata, was selected by several publications as among the best of 2014.

The singer was touring Europe to promote his new album ‘Shadow of a Doubt’ when he was arrested.

He had to cancel shows in the French cities of Marseille and Strasbourg as well as in Porto, Portugal, plus the next stage of his tour in Canada.

Gibbs frequently sings about sex, drugs and sexual violence towards women. In one on his songs called 'Go For It', he sings: 'I'm the type of n**** to hit you with the dope'

Source: The DailyMail

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