- 13 Feb 20
The 25-year-old rapper had just accepted NME's fan-voted "Hero of the Year" award.
At last night's NME Awards, slowthai exited the premises after an altercation with an audience member, according to NME.
During an acceptance speech for the fan-voted "Hero of the Year" award, he told an audience member, "Thank you for ruining my speech", before dropping his microphone into the crowd. After someone threw the microphone back at him on stage, slowthai jumped into the crowd and was subsequently escorted from the stage by security guards.
The altercation followed an on-stage interaction with co-host and comedian Katherine Ryan that many have classified as sexual harassment. After the show, Ryan tweeted that his actions did not make her feel uncomfortable.
He didn’t make me uncomfortable.
This is why we need women in positions of power. I knew he had lost from the moment he opened his mouth like any heckler coming up against a COMIC - not a woman - a COMIC. I was operating 2/10. What a sweet boy. I defused it.
Tonight was fun! ❤️ https://t.co/BBMPZpIvhy
— Katherine Ryan (@Kathbum) February 13, 2020
Upset fans have taken to Twitter to express their frustration with slowthai's actions.
Slowthai sexually harassed Katherine Ryan and then tried to assault someone in the crowd after being called out for misogyny... immediately after winning “Hero of the Year” at the NME Awards. Vile. I’m disappointed.
— Ben (@heybengray) February 12, 2020
Tonight @slowthai tried to preach about equality for all, then attempted to assault a woman live on stage... and then when confronted by a member of the crowd, proceeded to throw a drink at them. That’s one way to peak and ruin your career all in one night. #NMEAwards2020
— Lauren Xx (@laurenxoanne) February 12, 2020
See videos of the incident below. slowthai has not yet commented.
— Vinesh (@V1nesh) February 12, 2020
Slowthai really released a clever, sincere, politically inspired banger of a debut album then shat all over it by creeping on a presenter who didn't want to shag him on stage in front of all his fans. He really did that. What a fuckin let down pic.twitter.com/3sZiJhkKeR
— Mikey (@milky_sucks) February 12, 2020