slowthai Exits NME Awards After Altercation With Audience Member

slowthai Exits NME Awards After Altercation With Audience Member

Tonight at the 2020 NME Awards, slowthai got into an altercation with an audience member. Following an onstage interaction with comedian Katherine Ryan (who co-hosted the event), slowthai ended his speech by accusing an audience member of “ruining” his remarks and tossed his microphone into the crowd. After both slowthai and someone in the crowd threw drinks at each other, the rapper then jumped into the audience and started shouting as security intervened. According to NME, slowthai subsequently left the event.

Reports from the event claim that the audience member called out slowthai for being a “misogynist,” and many have characterized slowthai’s behavior toward Ryan as sexual harassment. In a tweet following the show, Ryan clarified that slowthai didn’t make her feel uncomfortable.

There’s photo and video documentation of the incident below. Pitchfork has reached out to slowthai’s representatives.

Katherine Ryan and Slowthai at the NME Awards 2020 (David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)

This article was originally published on February 12 at 7:08 p.m. Eastern. It was last updated on February 12 at 10:53 p.m. Eastern.