RiFF RAFF is reportedly off the hook for an alleged sexual assault that took place at Nevada brothel in 2014. According to a statement from one of RiFF RAFF’s reps, the accuser’s civil case has been dropped with prejudice.
The longtime rapper has consistently denied there was any contact — sexual or otherwise — between himself and the alleged victim. He insisted the forensic evidence, or lack thereof, and eyewitness testimony would “categorically confirm his account.”
“RiFF RAFF and Jody Highroller Entertainment Inc. wishes to thank the combined legal team of Robert Garson of GS2Law, out of New York City, Chris Rusby of Rusby Law and Brent Ryman of Erickson, Thorpe & Swainston, both out of Reno, Nevada,” the statement read in part. “Together, they have demonstrated the unwavering support and determination in making sure that the truth would prevail and reassured RIFF RAFF.
“Their counsel provided immense assurance during this difficult time. Most importantly RIFF RAFF wants to thank his fans for standing by him and your support has been incredibly important and will never be forgotten.”
The woman, who filed a lawsuit under the name Jane Doe, accused RiFF RAFF of sexual assault, sexual battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, false imprisonment and civil conspiracy. She was seeking $12 million for medical expenses, lost wages, physical, emotional and psychological trauma.
Despite her allegations, he was never arrested or charged.
“Having this dark cloud, which has hung over him for the last 5 years, dissipate, RiFF RAFF is ready to take his career to the next level and cement his name as one of the most exciting and innovative entertainers of modern times.
“Having this episode placed firm behind him, RiFF RAFF now can redress the imbalance and set the record straight in that there are no lawsuits, or claims, regarding any sexual assault or sexual misconduct against the entertainer.”
RiFF RAFF was initially expected to stand trial last May. He said in a since-deleted Instagram post, “I did not sexually assault [Jane Doe], nor did I have any sexual contact with her whatsoever,” he said, according to court documents. “At no time did I force [Jane Doe] to perform any sexual act on me or anyone else.”
RiFF RAFF’s legal team later claimed “he is being targeted because [Jane Doe] believes him to be a wealthy public figure.”
[This article has been updated. The following was published on November 13, 2018.]
RiFF RAFF will reportedly stand trial next May for an alleged sexual assault that occurred at a Nevada brothel.
As reported by Pitchfork, a woman identified as Jane Doe is accusing RiFF RAFF and frequent collaborator DollaBillGates of sexual assault, sexual battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, false imprisonment and civil conspiracy stemming from an alleged incident that occurred in the early morning hours of August 31, 2014.
The woman filed a civil case against the rapper on October 23, 2014 and it will finally come before a Washoe County, Nevada jury on May 28, 2019.
According to the complaint, Jane Doe — then 21 — and an acquaintance attended a RiFF RAFF concert at the Bunny Ranch Bar & Cigar in Mound House, Nevada. After the show, they waited outside the venue, “hoping to meet [RiFF RAFF]… because they were fans of some of his music.”
They ultimately decided to head to the Bunny Ranch brothel adjacent to the venue, where RiFF RAFF allegedly broke out lines of cocaine. The women deny participating in any illicit drug use.
RiFF RAFF then allegedly started stacking money the two women had earned dancing at a bachelor party earlier that day and said, “If you want this money back, you are both going to fuck me. 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 said they both agreed to have sex with RiFF RAFF to get their money back. She said she and her friend performed oral sex on RiFF RAFF and had vaginal intercourse with him.
She also alleges RiFF RAFF forced her to perform oral sex on DollaBillGates, saying, “Bitch, do you want your money or not? Then do what you’re fucking told.”
In 2016, RiFF RAFF denied the allegations in an official court declaration.
“I did not sexually assault [Jane Doe], nor did I have any sexual contact with her whatsoever,” he said, according to court documents. “At no time did I force [Jane Doe] to perform any sexual act on me or anyone else.” RiFF RAFF’s legal team later claimed “he is being targeted because [Jane Doe] believes him to be a wealthy public figure.”
Jane Doe’s friend, who is identified as Sara, had a conflicting recollection of the incident.
In an interview transcript, she said she wasn’t “fearful,” nor did she “feel forced” at any time by RiFF RAFF and believed Jane Doe was “just trying to make up stories.” In a 2015 interview with Detective Marty Dues of the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office in Nevada — who was conducting all of the interviews — DollaBillGates denied any sexual assault took place at the Bunny Ranch bungalow.
Detective Dues eventually closed the criminal case against RiFF RAFF and DollaBillGates, but Jane Doe’s civil case remained opened.
She’s now asking for at least $12 million in damages to cover medical expenses, lost wages, physical, emotional and psychological trauma as well as her legal costs.
This isn’t the first time RiFF RAFF has been accused of sexual misconduct. Earlier this year, two women came forward with somewhat similar claims.
In August, Jane Doe’s lawyers filed a motion for sanctions against RiFF RAFF, pointing to a pattern of alleged behavior.
“It has now become apparent that [RiFF RAFF]’s sexual assault of [Jane Doe] in this case is part of a pattern of perversion preceded by multiple other undisclosed acts of perverted conduct and sexual assault of young women,” the motion stated.
Most recently, RiFF RAFF said he’s being extorted by an escort service as well. However, it’s unclear if his extortion allegations, which purportedly began in 2014, are related to the civil case.