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

By Ryan J. / 03.16.14

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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.

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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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