The survivor of an alleged sexual assault by Riff Raff will speak at a special forum this Friday at Melbourne’s Corner Hotel, a venue which became available when the U.S. rapper’s show there was promptly cancelled.
Eliza Stafford came forward last week to accuse the Houston artist of drugging and raping her five years ago after a concert. “In 2013 I was raped by a man whose stage name is ‘Riff Raff,’” she wrote in a Facebook post on May 31.
Stafford said she was invited to go backstage mid-show, and “as a 19 year old I was flattered and complied”. She claims she was offered a 60ml “party shot” from a branded vodka bottle, but the drink tasted like syrup. “Riff Raff … told me that it was codeine and started laughing,” she wrote.
Afterwards, she blacked out and, she claims, regained consciousness as she was being violated.
Stafford wrote: “Another girl who had been backstage with me told (friends) that I had been coerced to get in to a car with Riff Raff and his support act.”
The incident wasn’t reported, but Stafford said she didn’t blame them because they “were all young.”
Stafford’s harrowing account spread quickly online late last week and was picked up by various international news outlets, including the U.K’s NME and the U.S. titles Spin and Pitchfork.