Published Nov 13, 2018In a year that has seen a cancelled a tour in the wake of a rape allegation, it's now been revealed that Riff Raff will stand trial next year in a separate sexual assault case concerning a 2014 incident at a Nevada brothel.
As Pitchfork reports, a woman identified only as Jane Doe filed a civil suit against the Houston rapper (born Horst Christian Simco) and collaborator DollaBillGates (Eric Lasaan Bing), accusing the two men of sexual assault, sexual battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, false imprisonment, and civil conspiracy.
The civil case was originally filed on October 23, 2014, and will come before a jury in come before a Washoe County, NV, on May 28, 2019.
The site notes that court documents reveal conflicting stories about the incident, which has not previously been reported publicly. Please note that the accuser's story features descriptions of alleged sexual assault.
On August 30, 2014, Jane Doe, then 21, and an acquaintance (identified in documents as Sara) attended a Riff Raff performance at the Bunny Ranch Bar & Cigar in Mound House, NV, after working as dancers at bachelor parties. The documents note that two waited outside the venue afterwards "hoping to meet [Riff Raff]... because they were fans of some of his music."
After meeting Riff Raff and DollaBillGates, Jane Doe and Sara went with the two men to a bungalow at the Bunny Ranch brothel next door to the venue. Once inside, Riff Raff allegedly laid out lines of cocaine.
Pitchfork reports that Jane Doe told Detective Marty Dues of the Lyon County Sheriff's Office in Nevada that the rappers used the drug, while she and Sara did not. The site notes that court filings show DollaBillGates and Sara later told Dues that all four of them used cocaine and drank alcohol that night, while Riff Raff has not admitted to any drug use.
Jane Doe claimed Riff Raff then took a bag of money the women had earned earlier that evening and started to stack it, allegedly telling them, "If you want this money back, you are both going to fuck me," and, "If you don't, you're not going to like what's going to happen and you are not getting your precious money back."
Jane Doe alleged that Riff Raff then told the women how much money they could make (for him and themselves) by working for him, while DollaBillGates physically blocked the door to the room, preventing them from leaving.
According to the complaint, Jane Doe said she and Sara agreed to have sex with the rapper in order to get their money back, alleging they both performed oral sex and had vaginal intercourse. Jane Doe claimed that Riff Raff then forced her to perform oral sex on DollaBillGates, saying, "Bitch, do you want your money or not?" and, "then do what you're fucking told." Jane Doe said the rappers gave their money back after they were finished.
Pitchfork reports that a transcript of Sara's interview with Dues contrasts greatly with Jane Doe's, saying she was not "fearful," did not "feel forced" with Riff Raff and denying that DollaBillGates had blocked the door. She added that Jane Doe was "just trying to make up stories."
Riff Raff denied the allegations in a court declaration from September 14, 2016.
"I did not sexually assault [Jane Doe], nor did I have any sexual contact with her whatsoever," he said. "At no time did I force [Jane Doe] to perform any sexual act on me or anyone else."
In court documents, the rapper's legal team claimed "he is being targeted because [Jane Doe] believes him to be a wealthy public figure."
In a statement provided to Pitchfork, Riff Raff's lawyer said, "Mr. Simco and his representatives take allegations of sexual misconduct very seriously. This case is set for a jury trial in May of 2019, and Mr. Simco looks forward to the opportunity to clear his name."
Jane Doe is asking for at least $12 million USD in damages to cover, medical expenses, lost wages, physical, emotional, and psychological trauma, legal costs and more.
You can read Pitchfork's complete report on the case here.
Earlier this year, Riff Raff was accursed of rape and sexual misconduct by two women. A first woman named Eliza Stafford alleged in a Facebook post that Riff Raff had drugged and raped her in 2013, when she was 19 years old. Those allegations led a second woman named Kelsey Doucette to come forward to Jezebel with claims of her own, alleging the rapper had tried to coerce her into sex while she was 17 years old.
Riff Raff denied the allegations made by both Stafford and Doucette in a now-deleted video on Instagram titled "Trial By Media," in which he said, "Never once have I forced a girl to have sex. Never once have I forced a girl to do any type of drugs. I don't want to have a girl drunk and sleepy."