Rapper Riff Raff’s Australia and New Zealand tour has been canceled after he was accused of rape in a Facebook post.
A Melbourne woman named Eliza Stafford posted her story on Facebook, recounting how, at 19, she attended a 2013 Riff Raff show with her boyfriend. After being asked to come backstage mid-show, she writes she was offered a shot from a vodka bottle, which she consumed. Riff Raff allegedly laughed afterward and said the drink was codeine. She writes:
I don’t remember anything from that point. A couple of my friends were at the concert and when I didn’t come outside from backstage, asked what had happened. Another girl who had been backstage with me told them that I had been coerced to get in to a car with riff raff and his support act. She didn’t do anything. I had been actively fighting against them as she watched and they had eventually forced me in to a car. She told my friends this, we were all young and they didn’t tell anyone and I don’t blame them. I woke up as Riff raff was pulling out of me and getting in to the shower. I crawled - truly, on all fours -out of the hotel room and managed to get outside where I booked a taxi who wouldn’t take me because I was “too drunk”. I begged him to take me home, got back to my boyfriends house, and he was angry at me for “blowing him off”. I was punished for 6 months within that relationship for what “I did”. I was raped and blamed myself for 5 years.
Stafford writes that she received a notification that he would be performing near where she works. “If you are planning on attending the riff raff show at the corner next week I urge you to reconsider,” she concludes.
In response to the post, Riff Raff’s tour promoters, Audiopaxx, announced they were pulling his tour from Australia and New Zealand.
Jezebel has reached out to Stafford and Riff Raff’s management for comment.