Grammy and Mercury Prize nominated rapper Slowthai, real name Tyron Frampton, appeared in court on Tuesday to face two charges of rape, The Guardian reports.
Slowthai appeared virtually at a court in Oxfordshire, charged with oral and vaginal penetration of a woman without her consent, an incident that allegedly took place in Oxford in September 2021. According to The Guardian, the 28-year-old was granted bail and will appear in Oxford crown court next month.
Slowthai was nominated for the Mercury Prize in 2019 for his debut album, Nothing Great About Britain, with his second album Tyron, reaching Number One in 2021. The artist’s latest release was UGLY, which came out in March.
The artist was set to embark on a number of UK and European tour dates later in the year, following a summer of high-profile appearances, including Glastonbury in June, a support slot with Blur at Wembley Stadium in July and a main stage appearance at Reading & Leeds. It’s unclear whether these shows will still go ahead.