One of the hottest tickets at this year’s SXSW festival is Erykah Badu’s performance with her new band, the Cannabinoids, at the Auditorium Shores Stage tonight. Her set was scheduled to start at 7 p.m. But at roughly 5:30 p.m., Badu posted a startling update to her Twitter account: "Police just apprahended [sic] a stalker in front of my house.Stay tuned for details." Badu went on to give her Twitter followers a blow-by-blow account of a dramatic confrontation outside her Dallas home.
Badu’s tweets, apparently written while the singer traveled the nearly 200 miles to Austin, say that though her arrival will be delayed, she still plans to take the stage tonight. Click through to the jump to read all of Badu’s tweets so far; she’s still posting updates as we write this. We’re heading over to the Auditorium Shores Stage now, and we’ll do our best to keep you updated as this story develops.
SUNDAY UPDATE: Attempts to reach Erykah Badu or her reps for comment have been unsuccessful so far. She performed later in the evening at the GOOD Music showcase with Kanye West.
SATURDAY NIGHT UPDATE: Just got back to my hotel from what might have been the shortest Erykah Badu show on record. When I arrived at the Auditorium Shores Stage around 8 p.m., a line of perhaps hundreds was already snaking away from the free outdoor venue. Most of the people in line seemed to be chattering about local heroes Explosions in the Sky, who had been scheduled to play after Badu. Around 8:15 p.m., I could have sworn I heard Badu playing inside the concert grounds, but when the music died down a few minutes later, I assumed I had been hearing a between-sets DJ. Yet when I arrived to the front of the line, a SXSW staffer who preferred not to give his name told me that Badu had indeed played two songs and promptly left. Twitter updates from Badu confirmed this and named the songs: "The Healer" and "Danger." By the by, Badu also tweeted about reading this very post: "Damn , just read my stalker story on entertainment weekly .. Geez."
Erykah Badu’s Twittter updates, from about 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. CST (all spelling and punctuation preserved from Badu’s tweets):
Police just apprahended a stalker in front of my house . Stay tuned for details .
Driving to Austin now. Just got on road .. Had to file police report .
Poor chic is apparently sick . I feel so awful . Police pepper sprayed her and cuffed her .
White woman mid to late 20’s had visited my home 3 or so times . Brought w/ her weird writtings .
I was kind to her first 3 times . I knew something was off . She was wearing a dilla shirt today .
When I came outside she had flowers lined up in front of my house andhad spray painted the no parking sign with a peace symbol .
She had several misc. Items spread out in the grass . Blue shutters, arabbit, a tucan , and a sketch book…
I’m gonna be late for my show … Messing around with her .
Passing thru Waco now…with dilla played loud .
So .. The lady came to the house 1st time today around 1pm .. Afterlight threats from me and fam she left . Was parked ok the grass infront of my house
So she comes back 30 Min later .. By this time I feel violated for real.. Cause o girl wasn’t threatened at all .
Had no choice but to put the ipolice In it . Tried to reason . I felt so bad for her and her dog .
When she saw cops she took off running behind neighbors house
… Obviously she had been to jail b4 cause she wanted no parts of that
By this time there were 6 cop cars , ambulance and a fire truck ..
3 officers chased her on foot whole we all watched .
She finally comes " walking " calmly around corner toward one cop car with that big ass dog
Cop snatched her hand behind her back and she began resisting violently..
Damn I’m late
Hold on my people .
… Anyhow, all I could think of while all this is going on is .. I’m gone be on media take out .. LOL
… Or bossip.com
20 min late so far
Told the Dj to go on first
… So back to the story .First time chic came over she claimed to me dropping off something for me to look at .. A drawing .
Lots of weird scribbling .. I felt right then that this was gone be un pleasent
Said she was a teacher and wanted me to help " the children . " said, she went to my old highschool.
EW.com editor’s note:
Here’s Badu performing "The Healer" last year. The song is one of two she performed at SXSW tonight.
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