Push comes to sell-out
Rapper Tyler, the Creator, played a sold-out show at Dallas' House of Blues just hours after being freed in connection with a misdemeanor charge of inciting a riot at the South by Southwest Festival in Austin. The Odd Future rapper (real name: Tyler Gregory Okonma) was arrested at Austin-Bergstrom Airport on Saturday. Inciting a riot carries a penalty of up to a year in jail and a $4,000 fine.
Tyler, 23, was released Saturday after securing a $25,000 bond. Police say he incited a large crowd of fans to push past venue employees controlling access to an unofficial day party Thursday that was already at capacity. Officers at the scene said in a warrant that Tyler yelled twice for fans to push their way inside. Police released a video from the concert showing scores of fans bursting through a gate at the Scoot Inn in downtown Austin.