At one point in time, Riff Raff was one of the most controversial figures in the hip-hop realm. He faced a lot of criticism for his eccentric style, colorful cornrows, gaudy jewelry, and Houston slang. Many thought that Riff Raff was a caricature and mocking the black hip-hop experience but throughout the years, Riff has proven that his personality is no act. And now, the rapper is under fire and making headlines for all the wrong reasons for allegedly sexually assaulting a teenage girl back in 2013.
A Melbourne, Australia resident by the name of Eliza Stafford decided to speak out recently using her Facebook platform to detail what took place five years ago. She wrote,
"In 2013 I was raped by a man whose stage name is ‘Riff Raff’…I was asked mid-show to come backstage, and as a 19 year old I was flattered and complied. When I got backstage I was offered a shot from a (branded) vodka bottle that was sitting on the table. I was offered a 60ml ‘party’ shot. I took the shot, it was syrup and I immediately asked what it was. Riff raff and his support act told me that it was codeine and started laughing. I don’t remember anything from that point. 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 was raped and blamed myself for 5 years. I got a notification today because I work in Richmond, and he is performing at the corner hotel next Friday night. I will be 50 metres from my rapist all night. If you are planning on attending the Riff Raff show at the corner next week I urge you to reconsider."
Riff Raff was preparing to begin the Australian leg of his current tour but with these allegations pending and becoming public knowledge, promotion company, Audiopaxx, canceled the 'Part Time King Tut' rapper's Corner Hotel tour date as well as the remainder of his Australia and New Zealand tour dates. The promoters issued the following statement,
"We have been made aware of allegations made against Houston rapper Riff Raff. Audiopaxx takes these matters seriously and does not condone any of this alleged behaviour. In light of this, we have spoken to his management team and the scheduled tour of Australia and New Zealand has been cancelled, effective immediately."