Travis Scott has been hit with three lawsuits – one naming Drake as a co-defendant – regarding the group crush at his competition Astroworld over the weekend, which resulted in eight deaths and a whole bunch of accidents.
The crush occurred throughout Scott’s headline efficiency on Friday evening (November 5) at Houston’s NRG Park, when the viewers started to compress in the direction of the entrance of the stage, inflicting accidents, shortness of breath and, for some, cardiac arrest.
The eight individuals who died at Astroworld had been between the ages of 14 and 27, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner mentioned at a press convention on Saturday.
Following the tragedy, Scott posted a press release on social media, saying his “prayers exit to the households and all these impacted by what occurred at Astroworld” and that the Houston police division “has my whole assist as they proceed to look into the tragic lack of life”.
Scott later posted a video message on his Instagram Story, saying that he “desires to ship out prayers to those that was misplaced” on the evening.
“My followers actually imply the world to me,” Scott mentioned, “I all the time simply actually wish to go away them with a constructive expertise. Anytime I could make out what’s happening, I cease the present and assist them get the assistance they want.”
In a statement, Astroworld competition organisers mentioned that they “are centered on supporting native officers nonetheless we will”.
Now, Billboard studies competition attendee Manuel Souza has filed a petition in Harris County District Court docket in opposition to Scott, his document firm Cactus Jack, competition organisers Dwell Nation and ScoreMore, and several other different people and corporations.
The lawsuit reportedly accuses the defendants of negligence and gross negligence, claiming the incident was a results of “a motivation for revenue on the expense of concertgoers’ well being and security”.
“Defendants didn’t correctly plan and conduct the live performance in a secure method,” alleged Steve Kherkher, Souza’s legal professional. “As an alternative, they consciously ignored the acute dangers of hurt to concertgoers, and, in some circumstances actively inspired and fomented harmful behaviors.”
The go well with additionally reportedly references Scott’s historical past of internet hosting intense concert events, during which he would allegedly encourage followers to “rage”.
“This sort of conduct has lengthy been inspired by the competition’s founder and important performer,” Souza claimed. “His specific encouragement of violence has beforehand resulted in severe violence at quite a few previous concert events.”
The lawsuit is looking for not less than $1million in damages and a short lived restraining order stopping the destruction of any proof.
Representatives for Scott, ScoreMore and Dwell Nation didn’t instantly return requests for remark to Billboard. NME has reached out to representatives for Scott and Dwell Nation for remark.
One other lawsuit was filed on Sunday (November 7) by Texas legal professional Thomas J. Henry on behalf of an unnamed Astroworld attendee. Scott, Dwell Nation and NRG Stadium are listed as co-defendants, as is Drake, who made an look on the competition.
A press launch by Henry’s regulation agency alleges that the group surged at Astroworld when Drake made an unannounced look on stage, resulting in chaos as concertgoers had been pushed into each other and the group pressed ahead.
Scott and Drake continued to carry out, it’s alleged, “whilst emergency automobiles arrived and responders tried to rescue these in misery”.
“There isn’t any excuse for the occasions that unfolded at NRG stadium on Friday evening,” Henry mentioned in a press release.
“There may be each indication that the performers, organisers, and venue weren’t solely conscious of the hectic crowd but in addition that accidents and potential deaths might have occurred. Nonetheless, they determined to place income over their attendees and allowed the lethal present to go on,” Henry claimed.
Drake has but to publicly touch upon the occasions of Astroworld. NME has reached out to representatives for Drake for remark.
A 3rd lawsuit has been filed by civil rights and private harm legal professional Ben Crump on behalf of one other Astroworld attendee, Noah Gutierrez, who is claimed to have helped affected members of the group within the VIP part.
“We’re listening to horrific accounts of the fear and helplessness individuals skilled – the horror of a crushing crowd and the terrible trauma of watching individuals die whereas making an attempt unsuccessfully to save lots of them,” Crump wrote in a press release.
“We might be pursuing justice for all our purchasers who had been harmed on this tragic and preventable occasion.”
In his assertion, Crump mentioned he expects to be submitting on behalf of different victims subsequent week.
NEWS ALERT: @AttorneyCrump has issued a press release & is representing victims within the aftermath of the Travis Scott Astroworld live performance, together with 21-year-old Noah Gutierrez who described a scene of chaos and desperation. pic.twitter.com/Tfo5EA4mVL
— Ben Crump Regulation, PLLC (@BenCrumpLaw) November 7, 2021