Tyler, The Creator Was Arrested, Thus Continuing Odd Future’s Bad SXSW Week

03.16.14 4 years ago 8 Comments

Well this isn’t good.

According to the AP, Odd Future leader Tyler, The Creator was arrested at SXSW for allegedly inciting a riot at a performance that occurred on March 13.

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.


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.

Tyler was released from jail on Saturday after he received a $25,000 bond. He then proceeded to play a sold-out show in Dallas only hours after his release.

On Sunday morning, Austin police charged Tyler for the riot, a Class-A Misdemeanor. TMZ provides video below of the scene at Tyler’s show, which occurred at the Scoot Inn. The quality’s a little bit low, but viewers can hear Tyler scream for people outside the venue to rush it.

The week certainly hasn’t been pleasant for the Odd Future camp. Fact revealed footage of member Hodgy Beats getting into an alledged physical alteration with a woman at a recent performance, and Tyler had to cancel a show on the early morning of March 14 after a drunk driver plowed into a group of people waiting to get in the venue, killing two and injuring 20.

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