Tyler creates a mess at South by Southwest

Posted: March 18, 2014

RAPPER Tyler, the Creator (a/k/a Tyler Gregory Okonma) was arrested Saturday for allegedly inciting a riot during a show at South By Southwest.

Travis County Sheriff's spokesman Roger Wade said the Odd Future rapper was arrested at Austin-Bergstrom Airport. If convicted of inciting a riot, a misdemeanor, he faces up to a year in jail and a $4,000 fine.

Police say Tyler, 23, incited a large crowd of fans at the annual music festival to push their way past venue employees controlling access to a Thursday show that was already full.

Officers who were at the scene said in a warrant that Tyler twice yelled for fans to push their way inside, and that a bartender had to protect a woman from injury in the resulting push.

Police released a video from the concert that shows scores of fans bursting through a gate at the Scoot Inn, in downtown Austin.

Tyler and members of the Odd Future collective were denied a New Zealand visa in February after officials there said they were a potential "public threat" because of past troubles, "including incidents at past performances in which they have incited violence." They pointed to a 2011 incident in which police were called to a comic-book store in Boston where fans became unruly.

The group's manager, Christian Clancy, defended them after the New Zealand decision, saying they were young at the time and were being judged too harshly.

Kiss and make up?

Paul Stanley, of Kiss, says that the band wants to smack the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for not inducting members Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer along with the original lineup.

Kiss is scheduled to be inducted into the Rock Hall on April 10 in NYC. But Stanley said in an Associated Press interview Friday that he doesn't think the Rock Hall is being fair and that the organization has altered its rules for other acts.

"We have continuing issues with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, starting with the fact that they chose to only induct the original lineup when that's hardly the case with other bands."

"In the Grateful Dead's case, [they] also inducted a writer who never played an instrument," said Stanley, referring to Robert Hunter's inclusion when the Dead was inducted in 1994. "Or they've inducted rap artists, or they've inducted people who have been in the band for seven years as opposed to . . . 25 years or 20 years - whatever their criteria of this week is."

Original members Peter Criss and Ace Frehley, who left Kiss in 1980 and 1982, respectively, are scheduled for induction. Singer, who joined in 1992, and Thayer, who came on board in 2003, have both had longer tenures.

Stanley, 62, said the Rock Hall "tried to strong-arm us into playing in original lineup," but the band would not do so.

"So, in this case, very clearly the tail doesn't wag the dog," Stanley said, "and Kiss is a big dog, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is a small tail."

Rothrock, Fox in 'Fire'

Tattle's comic-book/martial-arts/action-movie correspondent Jerome Maida hasn't yet gotten his wish for Cynthia Rothrock to join "The Expendables," but he reports that in addition to shooting "The Martial Arts Kid" with Don "The Dragon" Wilson, Rothrock is playing the head of the CIA in "Rapid Fire," with a butt-kicking cast of women including Vivica A. Fox ("Kill Bill"), Zoe Bell ("Death Proof," "Raze") and Kristanna Loken ("Terminator 3," "Painkiller Jane"). All are going after baddie Brigitte Nielsen ("Red Sonja").

"This was a different kind of role for me to play," Rothrock told Maida. "Not much action but a lot of technical dialogue. I got the script the night before and had to be on set early morning."

To quote Maida: "We're getting China O'Brien teaming up with The Terminatrix, Painkiller Jane and Copperhead to take down Red Sonja. Sounds like fun to me."


* According to Us Weekly, Miley Cyrus has gotten a tattoo of a yellow and black "sad kitty" on her inner lip.


* In case any of you thought you had a chance with either Rihanna or Drake, TMZ.com reports the couple is now exclusive.

George Michael watched his singing career go to pot.


Now weed-free for 18 months, Michael - whose new album "Symphonica" drops tomorrow - tells Event magazine he once smoked 25 joints per day.

* TheWrap.com reports that Adriana Barraza ("Babel") has signed on to join Jennifer Aniston in the indie drama "Cake."

Daniel Barnz ("Won't Back Down") will direct from Patrick Tobin's script, which was voted to the 2013 Black List.

(The Hollywood Black List today has the best unmade scripts on it, not the names of Americans accused of being Communists.)

Aniston will play a woman fascinated by the suicide of a woman in her chronic-pain support group. As she uncovers the details of the woman's suicide and develops a poignant relationship with the woman's husband, she also grapples with her own personal tragedy.

* TheWrap.com also says that Tattle smoocher Sienna Miller (hey, it was a long time ago, we were both young) has emerged as the front-runner to play the female lead opposite former Daily News intern Bradley Cooper (yes, he's now known for other things) in Clint Eastwood's "American Sniper," the story of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle.

* Despite Internet reports to the contrary, Wayne Knight (Newman on "Seinfeld") did not die in a Pennsylvania car crash Thursday.

At least that's what he, or someone pretending to be him, tweeted yesterday.

- Daily News wire services

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