A rapper who held aloft a mock up of Boris Johnson's head on stage at the Mercury Prize ceremony has said "does not condone violence".
Slowthai also shouted “F*** Boris Johnson. F*** everything" after his controversial performance.
The artist, whose record Nothing Great About Britain was nominated for the prestigious album award, has said his act was merely metaphorical and he does not advocate violence.
Explaining his actions, the 24-year-old said on Twitter: "This 'act' was a metaphor for what this government is doing to our country, except what I did was present it in plain sight.
"No Boris Johnsons were hurt in the making of this slowthai performance.
In a statement posted online, he added: "Last night I held up a mirror to this country and some people didn't like the reflection.
"The people who isolate and divide us aren't the ones who will feel its effects the hardest.
"They're not the ones queuing at food banks, no the ones navigating Universal Credit and not the ones having to deal with systematic oppression and hate crime at the hands of privileged politicians who say what they want without fear and consequence
"We as a people are not being looked after and our best interests are not being served by those in government - this is their job and they're not doing it well enough."
He was met with rapturous applause and cheers from the audience assembled at the Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith on Thursday.
He lost out to London-born rapper Dave, who claimed the coveted Mercury Prize for his work Psychodrama.