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US rapper arrested for alleged rape in Vienna hotel

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US rapper arrested for alleged rape in Vienna hotel
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09:05 CEST+02:00
American rapper Freddie Gibbs has been arrested in France in connection to an alleged rape attack that took place in Austria last year.

The US music star was seized by French authorities last week just moments before he was due to go on stage in Toulouse after Austria issued an European arrest warrant for him.

Gibbs, 33, who is signed with ESGN Records, had been performing last June in Vienna's Grelle Forelle club.

He reportedly invited two female fans backstage after the show, where they took liquid drugs provided by the rapper and became dazed and drowsy, according to APA.

The two women then went back to the hotel where Gibbs and his crew were staying, which is when the rapper and one of his security staff allegedly took advantage of their impaired state and carried out the attack.

After one of the women remembered the incident she went to the police who began investigating Gibbs and his employee.

Following his arrest in France, Gibbs - who denies the allegations - is currently in the process of being extradited to Austria to await a trial, according to Pitchfork magazine.

The rapper's legal team told the magazine that he will “be fighting the extradition request as these are nothing more than trumped up charges.”

The security staff member who is also accused is not with Gibbs on his current tour in Europe, which was due to take him to London.

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