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  • 17 March 2014, 9:11

Rapper Arrested For 'Inciting Riot' At SXSW

US rapper Tyler, The Creator, has been arrested for allegedly inciting a riot during his performance at Texas's South By South West festival.

Austin Police Department said the rapper, whose real name is†Tyler Gregory Okonma, was seized by police at Austin-Bergstrom Airport on Saturday.

Police accuse him of telling fans to push past venue employees to watch his full capacity show at the annual music event, which is also known as SXSW.

In a warrant, officers who were at the scene said the 23-year-old yelled for fans to push through security†gates on two occasions.

They said a bartender was forced to protect a woman from a resulting stampede.

The rapper, who is a member of the Odd Future collective, faces up to a year in prison if convicted and a possible†$4,000 (£2,406) fine.

His publicist has declined to comment on the arrest.

The allegations come a month after Tyler and other members of Odd Future were refused entry into New Zealand over concerns they posed a "public threat."

Immigration officials declined visas for the group's six rappers, citing an incident Boston in 2011 when the group allegedly incited fans to attack police officers.

Border operations manager Karen Urwin said: "It's not a decision we take lightly and not one that happens often."

Tyler took to Twitter to vent his frustration.

"They said we were 'terrorist threats and bad for the society' or whatever. Sick," he wrote.

He later tweeted: "I love NZ tho."

They had been due to perform at New Zealand's Rapture rap festival, which was headlined by Eminem.

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