Hip-hop collective Odd Future has gained widespread buzz in the past year for its offensive lyrics, outrageous antics (including almost starting a riot in Boston at an album signing), and for its generally controversial, unpredictable behavior. In keeping with the group’s notoriously erratic nature, Odd Future’s Vyron Turner (aka Left Brain) seemingly put violent lyrics into action when he slapped photographer Amy Harris at the Voodoo Experience Festival in New Orleans on October 30. Harris is now pursuing legal action against the rapper after Odd Future denied that the incident happened, explaining on her website that she feels her credibility is being attacked.
 
“After he so publicly attacked me, I truly believed that an apology would be immediately forthcoming, which is why I declined to press charges at that time. The unexpected turn of events, including an attack by Odd Future on my credibility and motive for discussing the incident, have caused me to re-evaluate my initial decision.” Harris continued, “At a minimum, I am seeking a public apology from Vyron Turner. Ultimately, I want a resolution in which Turner is held accountable for his actions.”
 
Harris also said that she has contacted L.A. attorney Amy Borlund and that she is further pursuing her options at this time.
 
Not only have Turner’s actions put the group in more hot water than usual, but Odd Future has also been kicked off the bill for the New Zealand dates of the Big Day Out festival.
 
Responding to complaints against the group’s homophobic lyrical content from local activist Calum Bennachie, Auckland City Council (the owners of the venue) removed Odd Future from the lineup. In an interview, Bennachie told CMU, “Lyrics such as those played by Odd Future increase the societal discourse against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, a discourse that encourages bullying and violence. If it is acceptable to say something similar to ‘gays are a cancer on society that deserves to be eliminated,’ then what group would be next?”
 
Though this is the only time thus far that Odd Future has been kicked off of a lineup, the group’s most recent string of bad behavior appears to be catching up with them. However, Big Day Out promoter Ken West released a statement titled “OMFG DON’T PANIC!” confirming that Odd Future will still play the Australian part of the festival and that plans for a separate non-Council venue Odd Future show in Auckland are underway.