Tyler, The Creator Arrested At SXSW Festival, Faces A Year In Jail

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Rapper Tyler, Tha Creator was arrested by police at the South By Southwest music festival for allegedly starting a riot during a show.

Travis County Sheriff’s spokesman Roger Wade said the Odd Future rapper, whose name is Tyler Gregory Okonma, was arrested at Austin-Bergstrom Airport and was likely to be arraigned later Saturday. If convicted of inciting a riot, which is a misdemeanor, he faces up to a year in jail and a $4,000 fine.

His bond was set at $3,500.

The rapper’s publicist declined to comment about the arrest.

Police say the 23-year-old Los Angeles resident incited a large crowd of fans at the annual music conference and festival to push their way past venue employees controlling access to a Thursday show that was already at full capacity.

Officers who were at the scene said in a warrant that Tyler yelled for fans to push their way inside twice, and that a bartender had to protect a woman from injury in the resulting push.

Police released a video from the concert that shows scores of fans bursting through a gate at the Scoot Inn in downtown Austin.

Tyler and members of the Odd Future collective were denied a visa to travel to New Zealand in February after officials there said they were a potential “public threat” because of past troubles, “including incidents at past performances in which they have incited violence.” They pointed to a 2011 incident in which police were called to a comic book store in Boston where fans became unruly.

The group’s manager, Christian Clancy, defended them last month after the New Zealand decision, saying they were young at the time and were being judged too harshly.

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7 comments

  1. I can’t imagine who’d be stupid enough to book this dangerous idiot NOW. Apparently he has a death wish for his FANS.

    He’s the EXACT same act those people were waiting for two nights before at SXSW when that drunk criminal driver fleeing police plowed into them. Obviously THAT part wasn’t his fault at all, but still, he KNEW that some of his fans were still in the hospital, some literally fighting for their lives, and he deliberately goes and does THIS! Unfreakingbelievable! What is WRONG with this guy? Near fatal testosterone-poisoning?

    If you really don’t see what the big deal is, EDUCATE yourself! http://listverse.com/2010/11/26/10-tragic-human-panics-and-stampedes/

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