Travis Scott, Live Nation, and different Astroworld Festival organizers are going through a lawsuit after eight folks died and dozens have been injured on the rapper’s music pageant in Houston on Friday evening.
According to Billboard, concertgoer Manuel Souza filed the petition on Nov. 6 in Harris County District Court, calling the incident a “predictable and preventable tragedy.” Souza’s lawyer, Steve Kherkher, wrote, “Defendants did not correctly plan and conduct the live performance in a secure method. Instead, they consciously ignored the acute dangers of hurt to concertgoers, and, in some instances actively inspired and fomented harmful behaviors.”
In the go well with, Kherkher additionally factors out that “this type of conduct has lengthy been inspired by the pageant’s founder and principal performer.” He added, “His specific encouragement of violence has beforehand resulted in severe violence at quite a few previous live shows.”
The tragedy occurred at NRG Park simply after 9 p.m. CT when a big crowd surged towards Scott as he was acting on stage, in line with officers. Around 50,000 folks have been in attendance on the time of the incident. “The crowd for no matter motive started to push and surge in the direction of the entrance of the stage, which brought on the folks within the entrance to be compressed — they have been unable to flee that state of affairs,” Houston Fire Chief Sam Peña informed CNN throughout a news conference on Saturday morning. “People started to fall out, grow to be unconscious, and it created extra panic,” he added.
At about 9:30 p.m., the Houston Fire Department initiated a “mass casualty incident.” Twenty-five folks have been transported to hospitals — eight of them died and 13 stay hospitalized. In a video posted to social media, Scott was seen pausing the show after spotting an ambulance within the crowd. On Nov. 6, festival organizers released a statement by way of the Astroworld Festival Twitter account, confirming that day two can be canceled. “Our hearts are with the Astroworld Festival Family Tonight—particularly these we misplaced and their family members,” they tweeted. “We are targeted on supporting native officers nonetheless we are able to. With that in thoughts the pageant will not be held on Saturday.”
— ASTROWORLD FEST (@astroworldfest) November 6, 2021
Hours later, Scott issued his own statement by way of Twitter earlier than taking to Instagram Stories to address his fans directly. “You know my followers, my followers actually imply the world to me and I’ll at all times simply actually wish to depart them with a constructive expertise,” he stated. “Any time I could make out something that is occurring, I cease the present and assist them get the assistance they want. I might simply by no means think about the severity of the state of affairs.” He added, “I imply, I’m truthfully simply devastated and I might by no means think about something like this simply taking place. I’m gonna do every thing I can to maintain you guys up to date and hold you guys knowledgeable on what is going on on.”
— TRAVIS SCOTT (@trvisXX) November 6, 2021
In a Billboard article, author Mark Elibert, who was current at Astroworld Festival, shared his on-the-ground experiences with fellow Billboard author Dan Rys. “By the fourth or fifth tune, there was a woman who walked out in entrance of me crying, she stated she could not breathe, that she felt like her ribs have been breaking, and a bunch of individuals have been making an attempt to assist, calming her down,” he stated. “The present stored going. A couple of occasions Travis stopped the present to attempt to calm folks down and attempt to get folks to assist one another within the crowd. But it appeared off, and he appeared like he did not know what was occurring. At one level he regarded like he was making an attempt to determine what was occurring within the crowd. Then Drake got here on, everybody went loopy. Then the present ended, I went residence.” Elibert additionally added that he is seen Scott carry out dwell many occasions and that the rapper at all times has “loopy” exhibits however that “this was the primary time that power was off.”
Kylie Jenner, who’s at the moment anticipating her second baby with Scott, attended Astroworld Festival and is breaking her silence in regards to the tragedy that unfolded. “Travis and I are damaged and devastated. My ideas and prayers are with all who misplaced their lives, have been injured or affected in anyway by yesterday’s occasions. And additionally for Travis who I do know cares deeply for his followers and the Houston group,” Jenner shared on her Instagram Story. She continued, “I wish to make it clear we weren’t conscious of any fatalities till the information got here out after the present and in no world would have continued filming or performing.”
POPSUGAR reached out to each Scott’s workforce and Live Nation for remark. “We proceed to help and help native authorities of their ongoing investigation in order that each the followers who attended and their households can get the solutions they need and deserve, and we’ll deal with all authorized issues on the acceptable time,” Live Nation wrote in an announcement on Nov. 8. We will proceed to observe this story because it breaks.
Those who have not heard from buddies and family members who attended Astroworld Festival can name 832-393-2991 or 832-393-2990.