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The American musician was arrested Thursday for an alleged rape that occurred in Austria in 2015

June 04, 2016 03:55 PM

Rapper Freddie Gibbs was arrested shortly before a concert at Le Rex in Toulouse, France, on Thursday in connection with an alleged rape that occurred in Austria last year, French news source La Depeche reports.

According to La Depeche, 33-year-old Gibbs, who was born Frederick Tipton in Gary, Indiana, attended a hearing on Friday and is being held in custody “pending his extradition to Austria.” (PEOPLE was unable to reach Toulouse authorities for comment.)

Austrian news source Vienna Online confirmed that Austrian authorities had called for Gibbs’ extradition.

“We have requested his transfer,” Nina Bussek, spokeswoman for the Vienna prosecutor’s office, told the publication.

In a statement to PEOPLE, Gibbs’ attorney Scott Leemon denied the charges against Gibbs.

“Freddie Gibbs adamantly denies the allegations that have been levied against by Austrian authorities,” Leemon said. “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.”

The rapper is still scheduled to perform in London, France, Portugal and Toronto in the coming days, according to his website.


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