Tyler, The Creator arrested for inciting a riot at SXSW
Tyler, The Creator found himself in custody on Saturday (3/15) as he tried to leave Austin following a Thursday performance at the South By Southwest music festival wherein he urged fans to tear down a fence and make their way into a show.
The rapper, whose real name is Tyler Gregory Okonma, was detained at Austin-Bergstrom Airport and arrested for his actions at a Friday showcase at the Scoot Inn as part of the Converse and Thrasher Magazine's Death Match party.The police stated that he "encouraged behavior causing an immediate danger and injury to persons."
Okonma took the stage at the event, which was filled to capacity. Noting that a number of fans outside a fence ouldn't get any closer, he began urging them to tear down the fence, leading the crowd in a chant of "PUSH, PUSH, PUSH."
The fence was torn down, more people packed in and the show was halted, which heightened tensions between the crowd and venue heightened, until the show was allowed to resume.
Afterward, Okonma tweeted about it.
THRASHER SHOW WAS GREAT! HAPPY EVERYONE GOT IN. I PLAY PANDORA TONIGHT AT 1AM COME!!!— Tyler, The Creator (@fucktyler) March 14, 2014
If convicted and handed the maximum possible sentence, he could face up to a year in prison and a $4,000 fine.
Hours earlier, the rapper cancelled a show at The Mohawk after a tragic accident that killed 2 people and injured 23.