Travis Scott, Live Nation, and different Astroworld Festival organizers are dealing with a lawsuit after eight folks died and dozens have been injured on the rapper’s music pageant in Houston on Friday night time.
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 legal professional, Steve Kherkher, wrote, “Defendants did not correctly plan and conduct the live performance in a protected method. Instead, they consciously ignored the intense dangers of hurt to concertgoers, and, in some circumstances actively inspired and fomented harmful behaviors.”
In the swimsuit, Kherkher additionally factors out that “this type of habits has lengthy been inspired by the pageant’s founder and essential performer.” He added, “His categorical encouragement of violence has beforehand resulted in critical violence at quite a few previous concert events.”
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, based on officers. Around 50,000 folks have been in attendance on the time of the incident. “The crowd for no matter purpose started to push and surge in direction of the entrance of the stage, which brought about the folks within the entrance to be compressed — they have been unable to flee that scenario,” Houston Fire Chief Sam Peña advised CNN throughout a news conference on Saturday morning. “People started to fall out, turn out to be unconscious, and it created further 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 through the Astroworld Festival Twitter account, confirming that day two could be canceled. “Our hearts are with the Astroworld Festival Family Tonight—particularly these we misplaced and their family members,” they tweeted. “We are centered on supporting native officers nevertheless we will. With that in thoughts the pageant will now not be held on Saturday.”
— ASTROWORLD FEST (@astroworldfest) November 6, 2021
Hours later, Scott issued his own statement through 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 optimistic expertise,” he mentioned. “Any time I could make out something that is occurring, I cease the present and assist them get the assistance they want. I may simply by no means think about the severity of the scenario.” He added, “I imply, I’m actually simply devastated and I may by no means think about something like this simply taking place. I’m gonna do all the things I can to maintain you guys up to date and preserve 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 music, there was a woman who walked out in entrance of me crying, she mentioned 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 mentioned. “The present stored going. A number 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 seemed 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 stay many occasions and that the rapper at all times has “loopy” reveals however that “this was the primary time that power was off.”
Kylie Jenner, who’s presently 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 neighborhood,” 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 will proceed to comply with 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.