Shows cancelled for American rapper Riff Raff following rape allegations

American rapper, Riff Raff.
American rapper, Riff Raff. Photo credit: Reuters

Houston rapper Riff Raff, who was due to appear at Ohakune Mardi Gras later this month, has had all his shows down under cancelled following rape allegations.

Riff Raff, real name Horst Christian Simco, was about to kick off his tour of Australia and New Zealand when a Melbourne woman accused the rapper of raping her in 2013.

Eliza Stafford was 19 when the alleged rape happened. She described the incident in detail on Facebook, saying she was asked to come backstage after a show and was drugged (warning: link contains graphic details).

"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," she claimed.

In perhaps a case of life imitating art, James Franco played a character based on the rapper in the film Spring Breakers. Both Franco and director Harmony Korine have always denied the similarities, saying the character was based on a few different people.

In the film, Franco plays 'Alien' - a gangster criminal who looks just like the rapper. Alien bails four teenage girls out of prison and they join him in his life of crime.

Now both Franco and Riff Raff have had sexual misconduct allegations against them.

Alongside Australian promoters Audiopaxx, Promoters Red Rum Touring have also cancelled his New Zealand shows, saying they do not condone any of this behaviour.

There has been no comment yet from Riff Raff.