Attorney Perry Q. Minton released a statement to The Associated Press regarding Tyler, The Creator’s arrest in Austin, Texas during SXSW following what authorities called a “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.
Tyler is not a violent individual and would never deliberately engage in any activity that would put another person at risk of being hurt.
Tyler posted $25,000 bond and was released. He faces up to a year in prison and a $4,000 fine if convicted.