Tyler, The Creator issues statement following arrest at SXSW

Odd Future rapper was arrested for allegedly inciting a riot during live show

Tyler, The Creator issues statement following arrest at SXSW

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Tyler, The Creator has issued a statement following his arrest at SXSW for allegedly inciting a riot, denying all charges.

The Odd Future member was picked up by police at Austin-Bergstrom Airport on March 15 following an alleged incident which took place on March 13 in downtown Austin. He was arrested and charged with a Class A misdemeanor with bail set at $25,000 (£15,000). If found guilty he would face up to one year in prison.

Tyler's lawyer, Perry Q. Minton states on behalf of his client (via Associated Press): "At no time during the concert did Tyler seek to incite or participate in riotous activity as has been reported in the press. It is clear from video clips and witness reports that the patrons and fans attending the show on that date were full of positive energy appropriate for this type of event and never exhibited any anger or aggression whatsoever. For law enforcement or the media to describe the rush of fans through the gate and the subsequent benign, boisterous activity as a riot is an unfortunate and inaccurate description of what occurred."

Additionally, Tyler's manager Christian Clancy published a defense of the rapper on his Tumblr page. It reads, "Tyler had a punk rock moment at the Converse/Thrasher show at sxsw. However the energy and intent of that show was not anger or aggression.. kumbaya? Of course not. But this simply isn't as its being portrayed. No one was hurt. You likely don’t believe me (I get it..) Find the whole show on Youtube.. Just seeing an edited 7 seconds of kids running/walking in doesn’t exactly sum it up. His shows are much more of a positive release than a build up of aggression.. (not unlike how Rage Against The Machine or Metallica shows were therapy for me when i was growing up..). Everyone was happy after the show. Zero bad energy backstage. As his manager no one came up to me regarding the 'incident.'"

Tyler, The Creator was playing the Thrasher Converse Death Match event at the Scoot Inn when the incident took place, on a bill which also included Nothing, Fucked Up, Ratking and Ryan Hemsworth.

The rapper was spotted at Kanye West and Jay Z's joint SXSW show at the Austin Music Hall on the night of March 12, crowdsurfing during the set. He was also due to play the Mohawk venue on Red River Street in Austin later that night, but his show was cancelled after a car crash outside the venue, which saw killed a number of innocent bystanders. The driver of the car, Rashad Owens, has since been charged with two counts of capital murder.





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