SXSW: Tyler the Creator Arrested Over Riot Incident (Video)

2:42 PM PST 03/15/2014 by Erik Hayden
Associated Press
Tyler the Creator's mugshot

The artist is alleged to have incited a crowd to gain entry to a music venue, the Scoot Inn, on Thursday.

Tyler the Creator was arrested on Saturday in connection with a riot incident that occurred on Thursday at the Scoot Inn, Austin police said. He was charged with Riot-Class A Misdemeanor with a bond at $25,000. 

"Specifically, the subject encouraged a large crowd on more than one occasion to force themselves past venue employees controlling access at the venue which was already at full capacity," read a statement from authorities.

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Officers arrived at the Scoot Inn, 1308 E. 4th Street, on Thursday and were told that the venue was at capacity at 999 people, according to the Austin police affidavit. The officers on scene heard Tyler the Creator, whose real name is Tyler Gregory Okonma, yell for those outside of the gates of the venue to be let in. 

The calls from the artist led to a crowd of concert goers that "push[ed] through the employees working at the door which created an immediate danger of injury to persons," the affidavit said. 

Austin police also released a video of the incident, which appears to show the artist saying to the crowd, "just run in right now ...  do it, let's go."

Tyler the Creator's rep declined to comment to THR about the arrest. 

The 23-year-old artist, of the group Odd Future, had been listed as performing at several events over the course of the past week at the South By Southwest festival. 

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