Tyler the Creator Arrested in West Hollywood (Video)
UPDATED: The rapper was reportedly taken into custody on suspicion of vandalism after performing at the Roxy.
Rapper Tyler the Creator was arrested on Thursday night after he allegedly trashed some stage equipment in a West Hollywood nightclub.
A full-time member of hip-hop collective Odd Future, Tyler the Creator, whose legal name is Tyler Okonma, performed at the Roxy on Sunset Blvd. where he reportedly trashed pieces of sound equipment and was arrested on suspicion of vandalism, TMZ reported.
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Video footage of the rapper performing at the club was posted by fans. On Twitter, attendees of the show wrote that the rapper threw a microphone at a sound engineer.
In the video below, Tyler the Creator can be seen throwing something at a sound engineer and also kicking and thrashing around. The audience can be heard cheering the 20-year-old rapper on.
However, on Friday, the rapper took to his Twitter to deny the reports.
"Whoa, Its Stories On Me Being In Jail?" he tweeted. "The [expletive]? I Wasnt In No Jail Or Arrested Or Nothing."
In August, Tyler the Creator won the best new artist award at the MTV Video Music Awards. The outspoken rapper went on an expletive-laden rant after he won, directed at Bruno Mars.
“No, I still hate that dude’s f—king music,” Tyler told The Hollywood Reporter at the time. “He put on a good performance,” he adds. “But I still hate his f—king music."
UPDATED: Roxy owner Nic Adler explained to LA Weekly that the problems stemmed from girls at the front that were getting "smooshed." Concerned for his patrons safety, Adler ordered the lights turned on and the sound cut. "They were playing the best show of their life and it's only natural that they'd get pissed when the plug is pulled," he told the paper. "They didn't realize why I cut the sound, didn't realize the safety issues." Adler says minimal damage was done to the soundboard and that "it looked worse than it was," adding, "There's definitely no hard feelings." Concerning the arrest, Adler insists he and the club "have zero control" over police actions.
Watch Tyler the Creator's interaction with a sound engineer at the Roxy on Thursday below: