Rapper Tyler, The Creator Jailed On Riot Charges At SXSW 2014; Played Sold-Out Show After Release

 @suman09s.varandani@ibtimes.com on March 17 2014 1:36 AM
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Tyler, The Creator holds his Best New Artist award which he won at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles Aug. 28, 2011. Reuters/Danny Moloshok

Rapper Tyler, The Creator, whose real name is Tyler Gregory Okonma, played a sold-out show at the House of Blues in Dallas just hours after being released from jail for allegedly inciting a riot at the South by Southwest, or SXSW, festival Saturday.

According to E! News, the rapper was arrested at Austin-Bergstrom Airport in Texas, but later released on a $25,000 bond. The 23-year-old Los Angeles resident is said to have incited a large crowd of fans to push their way past venue staff controlling access, to break in to an unofficial party Thursday, media reports said, citing local police.

The police added that the “encouraged behavior” caused immediate danger and injuries to people. And, police officials who were present at the scene reportedly said in a warrant that Tyler yelled at fans to push their way twice, and that a bartender had to protect a woman from serious injury in the resulting push.

A small clip from the concert was released showing scores of fans bursting through a gate at the Scoot Inn in downtown Austin.

Tyler’s scheduled concert on Thursday was cancelled after a hit-and-run accident killed 2 and injured 23 earlier that day. A drunk driver was taken into custody after he drove through a barricade into a crowd waiting to attend the SXSW festival. The drunk driver faces two counts of murder and 23 counts of aggravated assault.

In February, Tyler and members of the Odd Future collective were denied a visa to travel to New Zealand after officials reportedly said that they were a potential “public threat” because they had caused trouble "including incidents at past performances in which they have incited violence.” Officials hinted at a 2011 incident at a comic book store in Boston, where the police had to be called in after fans became unruly. 

According to reports, the group's manager, Christian Clancy, defended them last month saying that they were young and were being judged too harshly.

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