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Tyler, the Creator faces one year in prison after SXSW arrest

on March 20, 2014, 6:05pm

Tyler, the Creator is facing up to one year in prison and a $4,000 fine after allegedly inciting a riot at SXSW, The Associated Press reports.

“Police allege he incited fans at an unofficial day party held during the annual music conference to storm the entrance to the club where he was performing,” writes AP.

Since being released on a $25,000 bond, both Tyler’s lawyer Perry Q. Minton and manager Christian Clancy have issued statements regarding the incident, defending Tyler’s actions.

Minton insists that what transpired at the show was not an actual riot:

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.

Clancy echoed similar sentiments in a statement he posted on Tumblr:

tyler had a punk rock moment at the converse/thrasher show at sxsw. however the energy and intent of that show was not anger or aggression.. kumbaya? of course not. but this simply isn’t as its being portrayed. no one was hurt. u likely don’t believe me (i get it..) find the whole show on you tube.. just seeing an edited 7 seconds of kids running/walking in doesn’t exactly sum it up. his shows are much more of a positive release than a build up of aggression.. (not unlike how rage against the machine or metallica shows were therapy for me when i was growing up..) everyone was happy after the show. zero bad energy backstage. as his manager no one came up to me regarding the “incident.”

i understand how easy it is to paint tyler as a bad guy.. i honestly do.. but as someone who has spent a whole lot of time around him i can only say dig deeper. ask his fans. ask his friends. ask my daughter. this is a guy who has never had a drink or drug in his life. this is a guy who is building his own businesses and challenging the old ones. offensive? maybe, depending on where you are standing but only on the surface. google can give u plenty of things to be offended by but if u dig it disappears. shit you might even be inspired. if nothing else ud at least have another perspective even if u disagree with his approach.. im not here to defend every move tyler makes, but i will stand by him and defend his character because i know him, the context, and have witnessed the growth. those who are combining this with a incredibly serious tragedy that happened the night prior are off base and our hearts go out to those who were injured and their families. tyler was not at the venue and received the info of what happened like everyone did.. in shock.. we all quietly had our own individual way of dealing with the heaviness of it all. thats not something you process quickly.

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