Slowthai has pleaded not guilty to two charges of raping a woman in 2021. The rapper entered the plea today (June 15) at a Crown court in Oxford, the English city where the two crimes—oral and vaginal rape—allegedly took place. Slowthai, born Tyron Kaymone Frampton, appeared in court alongside another man, Alex Blake Walker, who pleaded not guilty to two charges of rape and one of sexual assault. The trial is scheduled to begin on July 1, 2024.
Both were granted bail, on the condition that they keep their solicitors informed of where they are living.
Slowthai appeared in court for the first time on May 16, the first time the charges were publicized. Major UK festivals including Glastonbury had scrubbed his names from posters by the following morning, and many of his remaining shows have since been canned or postponed. On social media, Slowthai denied the charges.
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CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story incorrectly indicated that all of Slowthai’s tour dates had been canceled or postponed. Some dates are set to go ahead as planned.