News: Tyler, The Creator Owns Up To Destroying Club, Coughs Up Big Bucks
Monday, Mar 5, 2012 9:21AM
Odd Future leader Tyler, the Creator is owning up to trashing a Hollywood nightclub last December, paying nearly $10,000 to cover the cost of damages he created.
According to reports, Tyler could also avoid criminal charges if he compensates for additional investigation costs.
Tyler the Creator is sorry he trashed a bunch of sound equipment at a Hollywood nightclub back in December ... nearly starting a riot in the process -- and now, he's proved it by paying roughly $8,000 to cover the damage. Law enforcement sources tell TMZ, Tyler is in the process of making amends with the venue -- already paying approximately $8,000 in damages. We're told Tyler is also scheduled to have a meeting a hearing officer for the District Attorney, who will recommend the rapper also pay for the investigation costs incurred by the West Hollywood Sheriff's Department. If Tyler complies -- we're told the DA will NOT file any criminal charges. (TMZ)
Following his publicized arrest in December, Tyler released an open statement addressing what he claimed actually went down at the Roxy.
"duding RADICALS, i was on the piano playing the breakdown, only to notice that the music and sound was low, lights went off and that sh*t wasnt right, i get up, look, and notice that it was two girls hurt from the mosh pits behind them. i grab my mic to tell the crowd to come calm down and inform security because it was none around in the front, but i then find out the sound dude turned everything off. so im on stage while its mosh pits and chaos on stage ( i played live with Trash Talk, and it was a home show so everyone from OF was there wildn) pointing at my mic tell sound dude to turn it up turn it up, hes shaking his head no.i keep doing this for at least 70 seconds until i get fed up and run over to him threw the crowd. [sic]" (Tyler, the Creator's Blog)
After having his pleas rejected, Tyler admitted to reacting violently.
"i jump on his sound board and say' n**ga turn my f*cking mic up its b*tches hurt, let me tell the crowd to calm down, they listen to me' this n**ga goes on saying he doesnt have control his manager said this and that. i keep asking, we go back and forth. i kick the plexi glass and stomp on the cheap a** soundboard, then throw my mike on the floor. go back on stage just in time to throw a couple gifts out to the crowd ( it was the xmas show). someone states ' lets get you outta here'. i walk outside to like 20 cops, helicopters, shotguns and some other sh*t. jail is really cold dude, i had no socks on. im fine tho, bail was alot even tho i didnt hurt anyone, i damaged some sh*t. and idk why rappers talk about jail like its cool, omg i would go crazy. all i could think about was skating the bowl like 8 hours before haha. i havent looked but the media prolly made it seem more epic than it actually is. but overall, i finally feel black. [sic]" (Tyler, the Creator's Blog)
Initial reports claimed the rapper was arrested by police on a vandalism charge.
Rapper Tyler, The Creator was arrested on suspicion of felony vandalism on Thursday, following a show at a nightclub on the famed Sunset Strip, police said. The rapper, 20, whose real name is Tyler Gregory Okonma, was performing with his rap group Odd Future at the Roxy Theater Thursday night when an electric soundboard was destroyed, causing the venue's security team to call police. (Reuters)
Check out footage from the incident below: