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Riff Raff Australian Tour Cancelled Following Rape Allegation

Written by Tom Williams on June 1, 2018

CONTENT WARNING: The following article discusses alleged rape.

UPDATE 05/06/18: Second Woman Accuses Riff Raff Of Sexual Misconduct

UPDATE: All venues involved in Riff Raff’s Australian tour have now cancelled their scheduled concerts.

In a statement, tour promoters Audiopaxx say:

“We have been made aware of allegations made against Houston rapper Riff Raff. Audiopaxx take 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.”

ORIGINAL STORY: Melbourne’s Corner Hotel has cancelled a scheduled performance by Texan rapper Riff Raff (real name Horst Christian Simco), after he was accused of rape by a woman on Facebook.

In a statement posted today, the Melbourne woman accused Riff Raff of raping her in 2013, after being asked to come backstage at a show.

Riff Raff was due to perform at the Corner Hotel on 8th June as part of his 2018 Australian tour, however the venue has now cancelled the show, saying in a statement:

“We have recently been made aware of allegations of drugging and sexual assault against Riff Raff on a previous Melbourne tour. The Corner & High Fi Events take allegations of sexual assault very seriously, and we have therefore cancelled Riff Raff’s upcoming show at the Corner Hotel. We are working tirelessly to ensure the venue is a safe and inclusive space for everybody and we don’t condone sexual harassment and assault of any kind.

“Thank you to everyone who has been in touch to voice their concern. As a venue, we prioritise a safe and inclusive environment and we want anyone who has experienced any incident of sexual harassment or assault to know that we are listening and will support you.

“If you have purchased tickets to the show we will be in touch shortly with more information.”

Music Feeds has contacted tour promoters Audiopaxx and Riff Raff’s representatives for comment.

UPDATE 04/06/18: Australian Woman Who Accused Riff Raff Of Rape To Speak In Melbourne This Week

If you need assistance, 1800 RESPECT – the National Sexual Assault, Domestic and Family Violence Counselling Service — can be reached on 1800 737 732.

For help or information regarding mental health, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1300 224 636.

Corner Hotel Statement

We have recently been made aware of allegations of drugging and sexual assault against Riff Raff on a previous Melbourne tour. The Corner & High Fi Events take allegations of sexual assault very seriously, and we have therefore cancelled Riff Raff’s upcoming show at the Corner Hotel. We are working tirelessly to ensure the venue is a safe and inclusive space for everybody and we don’t condone sexual harassment and assault of any kind.

Thank you to everyone who has been in touch to voice their concern. As a venue, we prioritise a safe and inclusive environment and we want anyone who has experienced any incident of sexual harassment or assault to know that we are listening and will support you.

If you have purchased tickets to the show we will be in touch shortly with more information.

If this information has raised any issues for you, please pick up the phone:

– 24 hour support for survivors of sexual assault: 1800 RESPECT or 03 9635 3610
– Men’s Line: 1300 78 99 78
– Lifeline Crisis Support: 13 11 14

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