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British rapper Slowthai is facing rape charges in relation to two offences that occurred in 2021, with the news coming to light this week after the rapper appeared in a UK court via video link.
In the wake of the news, Slowthai, real name Tyron Frampton, was quietly and swiftly removed from major upcoming festival lineups, including Glastonbury and Reading and Leeds, which are due to take place in June and August of this year.
A Grammy-nominated, chart-topping rapper, Slowthai was nominated for Best Dance Recording at the 2021 Grammy Awards, with his second album reaching #1 in the UK charts that same year.
— Alex Ellison (@Alexelliison) May 16, 2023
Slowthai has since taken to social media to deny the charges, writing:
“regarding the allegations being reported about me. i categorically deny the charges. i am innocent and i am confident my name will be cleared. until then i will apply my energy to ensure this is concluded swiftly and justly. i ask that my supporters don’t comment about this situation and respect the process and privacy of my family during this time.”
— TYRON (@slowthai) May 16, 2023
Fans have taken to social media to express their reactions towards the news. With Slowthai adamantly denying the charges against him, we’re sure to be hearing a lot more about this in the coming months.
Slowthai was like the last person I’d expect to do that. So disappointing.
— Keegan (@Keegan59992745) May 16, 2023
today’s news casts slowthai’s last album in such a different light. A self serving woe is me collection of songs written solely because he knew this day was coming. fuck slowthai. believe victims.
— Finn. (@jpegfinn) May 16, 2023