Last weekend, Odd Future frontman Tyler, the Creator was arrested for inciting a riot while performing at the South By Southwest Festival. However, the rapper’s attorney has denied such claims in a statement.
Tyler’s lawyer, Perry Q. Minton, contends that the video evidence and the rapper’s actions do not support the claims made by authorities. According to Minton, in a statement issued to the Associated Press on Thursday (March 20) morning, saying Tyler incited a riot is, “an unfortunate and inaccurate description of what occurred.”
“At no time during the … concert did Tyler seek to incite or participate in riotous activity as has been reported in the press,” continued Minton. “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.”
Tyler was arrested on Saturday at the airport while leaving Austin, TX and charged with misdemeanor riot. Reportedly Tyler told fans to “Push,” at a concert on March 13, which led to the storming of a barricaded entrance.
Nevertheless, after posting a $25,000 bond, Tyler was released the same day he was arrested and performed a sold out show in Dallas that night.
Photo: Austin PD