Perry Q. Minton, a lawyer for Odd Future leader Tyler, the Creator, has shared a statement about his misdemeanor riot charge at South By Southwest last week. Speaking to the Associated Press this morning, Minton said, “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.”
Tyler (real name: Tyler Gregory Okonma) was arrested at Austin’s international airport on Saturday, but he was still able to make a show in Dallas that night after posting a $25,000 bond. He faces up to a year in prison and a $4,000 fine if convicted of trying to incite a riot by telling fans to crash the gates at Scott Inn on March 13.
“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,” Minton explained. “Tyler is not a violent individual and would never deliberately engage in any activity that would put another person at risk of being hurt.”
Watch an extended video of Tyler’s performance below, along with a local news report about the incident…