Australian hip-hop artists Hilltop Hoods have left the ARIA audience gasping by declaring billionaire paedophile Jeffrey Epstein ‘didn’t kill himself’ during thier acceptance speech.
The Adelaide trio won the award for Best Live Act and used the opportunity to comment on the disgraced businessman’s death in custody.
When the group were presented the award by Daryl Braithwaite, MC Suffa said: ‘I’m going to get out a few thank yous because I think this is the last time you’ll see us.’
He closed his short speech with the phrase ‘Jeffrey Epstein did not kill himself,’ – sending a mix of laughs and gasps through room.
The phrase has become linked with various conspiracy theories about Epstein’s death, and became a meme that has spread through American culture.
The awards ceremony—which featured performances from Dua Lipa, Halsey and Khalid—was live-streamed internationally on YouTube. But some Australian viewers took to Twitter and wondered if the moment would air on Channel Nine as the televised broadcast was delayed. According to news.com.au, Suffa’s speech was aired in full.