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Freddie Gibbs to remain in jail on rape charge as extradition decision is delayed

Rapper denies rape allegations stemming back to 2015

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Freddie Gibbs will remain in jail for another week amid delays over potential extradition to Austria.

The rapper was arrested in France on an alleged rape charge last week. He has denied the allegations, which stem back to 2015.

An extradition hearing was scheduled to take place yesterday, but has now been delayed until June 16.

According to new reports, Gibbs' lawyer Michael Malka said yesterday: “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 defence.”

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 33-year-old rapper was taken into custody shortly before his gig at Le Rex in Toulouse last Thursday, in connection with a rape that allegedly took place in Austria in 2015, for which an extradition request had been put out to get Gibbs back there.

Gibbs' management has denied the accusations, calling them "trumped up charges" and confirming that they will be fighting the extradition request.

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