Star’s ‘career-ending’ onstage outburst
British rapper Slowthai has been slammed for his behaviour at today's NME Music Awards in London, behaving inappropriately to a female presenter before leaping into the crowd and attacking an audience member.
The 25-year-old star, who landed a UK top 10 with his debut album in 2019, appears in two shocking clips from the award ceremony currently being shared on social media.
In the first, Slowthai is on stage to accept the award for 'Hero of the Year' - but instead appears to proposition comedian and presenter Katherine Ryan.
"You got jealous, innit? She got JEALOUS EVERYBODY! Smell my cologne," the visibly inebriated rapper jeers.
"What is happening? What is the protocol for this situation?" another woman on stage asks as Slowthai hangs off Ryan.
"Babygirl, I don't want to have to do this to you right now … if you wanna do something, see me later. Ayyy, she wants me to tend to her flowers!"
As the rapper walks off stage, Ryan returns fire: "You are like, the hottest guy I've ever seen. I am so thirsty for your c**k. Thank you for the attention. Let's hear it for him, he's so hot! So hot! I'm so wet I'm going to slip off these stairs any minute, oh my god! He's amazing!"
Watch the startling footage below - warning, it's NSFW:
Responding to the online outrage after the event, Ryan downplayed the incident, explaining that she "defused" the situation as she would any heckler:
He didn’t make me uncomfortable.— Katherine Ryan (@Kathbum) February 13, 2020
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
In another clip from the event, Slowthai's mood appears to have worsened. The footage itself is pretty chaotic but according to eyewitness reports, one audience member in the front row had booed the rapper, calling him a "misogynist" for his earlier onstage behaviour.
"Thank you for ruining my speech," Slowthai says, throwing his microphone into the audience.
Someone then throws it back at him - and all hell breaks loose, Slowthai leaping from the stage and attacking the audience member:
Fans watching at home wondered if today's behaviour would be a career-ender for the rising rapper:
slowthai waking up tomorrow to his twitter notifications pic.twitter.com/tFfuaAo2uz— TG (@TG1876_) February 12, 2020
Slowthai looking at himself in the reflection of his 8th pint: pic.twitter.com/UMuTqNyS3H— AJ (@masiavelli) February 12, 2020
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 Gray (@heybengray) February 12, 2020
beyond disappointed and let down by slowthai, would never have expected misogyny from him in a million years— murran (@formidabIecooI) February 12, 2020
Teenage boys 🤝 Slowthai’s career— Emily (@Echarlottexo) February 12, 2020
if anything, tonight proved slowthai is transitioning into the enemy he used to ridicule in his songs: wealthy dickheads who put women in uncomfortable situations and then try to intimidate anyone who speaks up about it— herglo (@ethanherlo) February 12, 2020
And, somewhere in among all this NME Awards chaos - Taylor Swift!