Court orders US rapper Freddie Gibbs extradited to Austria to face rape charge

Freddie Gibbs attends the Equinox 'Celebrity Basketball Spectacular' in Los Angeles May 30, 2015. — AFP pic
Freddie Gibbs attends the Equinox 'Celebrity Basketball Spectacular' in Los Angeles May 30, 2015. — AFP pic

TOULOUSE, June 23 — A French court today ordered the extradition of US rapper Freddie Gibbs to Austria, where he is accused of rape, his lawyer Michael Malka said.

The 34-year-old rapper from Gary, Indiana, was arrested on June 2 shortly before a planned concert in the southwestern French city of Toulouse, one of a string of European tour dates.

Gibbs, whose real name is Frederick Tipton, was the subject of a European arrest warrant issued on May 31 for an alleged rape in Austria in 2015.

He was released on €50,000 (RM228,000) bail last week.

Malka said his client was considering whether to appeal the extradition. He has 72 hours to do so.

Gibbs “has no intention of escaping justice, whether French or Austrian,” he said.

Malka said the rapper, who categorically denies the rape allegations, was opposed to the “harsh transfer procedure” and wants to freely hand himself over to Austrian authorities.

The singer was touring Europe to promote his new album Shadow of a Doubt and 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. — AFP