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Tyler, The Creator Issues Statement Over SXSW-Related Arrest

Accusations of starting a riot are dismissed by Tyler’s attorney.

A week after the alleged incident, Tyler, the Creator has issued a statement relating to accusations that he ‘incited a riot’ during a performance at this year’s SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas.

Tyler was subsequently charged with a Class A Misdemeanour and released on $25,000 bail.

His attorney has since issued a statement relating to the charges, simply stating that fans pushing through gates to get into a venue does not substantiate as a ‘riot’.

Read the statement in full:

‘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… Tyler is not a violent individual and would never deliberately engage in any activity that would put another person at risk of being hurt.’

Tags: Tyler, The Creator, SXSW, News, Festivals

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