Tyler, the Creator arrested for 'inciting riot' at SXSW 2014

 

William McLennan
Sunday 16 March 2014 00:18
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Rapper Tyler The Creator performs with Earl Sweatshirt onstage during day 1 of the 2013 Coachella festival
Rapper Tyler The Creator performs with Earl Sweatshirt onstage during day 1 of the 2013 Coachella festival

American rapper Tyler the Creator has been arrested for allegedly “inciting a riot” during a show at the South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas.

Police said the Odd Future frontman, whose real name is Tyler Gregory Okonma, urged a crowd to force their way into a show that was already at full capacity on Thursday.

Officers at the scene said in a warrant that the 23-year-old had called for fans to push their way inside and that a bartender had to protect a woman from injury in the resulting push.

He was arrested at Austin-Bergstrom Airport and could be charged.

If convicted of inciting a riot he faces up to a year in jail and a $4,000 fine.

The rapper's publicist declined to comment.

It comes as two people where killed and more than 20 injured when a suspected drunk-driver crashed into a crowd leaving a venue at the festival last week.

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