Tyler, the Creator was arrested in Austin under suspicion of inciting a riot and has been charged with a Class A misdemeanour. He has been released after posting bail and is set to appear in Dallas tonight (15th March).
The L.A. based rapper, Tyler, the Creator, was arrested on Saturday (15th March) in Austin, Texas on suspicion of inciting a riot. The 23-year-old was apprehended by police at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and charged with Riot- Class A misdemeanour, according to the Statesman.
Tyler The Creator was arrested in Austin on Saturday (15th March).
Tyler, the Creator a.k.a. Tyler Gregory Okonma alleged incited a riot whilst performing at a local entertainment venue in Austin on Thursday (13th March). According to KVUE news, Okonma encouraged those waiting to see his performance to push past the venue's employees. The venue was already at capacity and thus leading a chant of "push, push push", according to The LA Times, posed a threat to his own personal safety as well as the venue employees and attendees. Footage of the incident was released to TMZ by Austin police and show how busy the venue was prior to the forced entry of those waiting outside.
Watch footage from Tyler, the Creator's performance in Austin:
The 'Yonkers' artist was due to appear again in Austin on Friday (14th March) but, owing to his troubles with the venue and the authorities, decided not to appear. Okonma has aired his irritation on Twitter and indirectly referenced the event claimed "I don't want to cause any trouble, some are making me out to be a bad guy, so I'm not doing any shows tonight. Be safe, have fun." However, Texan fans of the rapper should not be overly disappointed as Tyler promised to be back in Austin when "everything is chill."
Okonma was in police custody but paid his $3500 bail and has promised, on Twitter, to be in Dallas this evening for his scheduled performance.
Tyler the Creator performing at Glastonbury Festival in 2013.