Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Travis Scott, Drake, Live Nation named in Astroworld lawsuit

The first lawsuits were filed over the tragedy at the Astroworld music festival, including one blaming rappers Travis Scott and Drake and Live Nation in a stampede that left eight people dead on Friday and at least 25 injured.

On Sunday, a Texas lawyer filed a lawsuit that also mentions an agent for NRG’s Harris County Sports & Convention Corp. stadium, accusing the defendants of prioritizing “getting their visitors” during a concert in which a growing crowd killed attendees as young as 14 up to 27.

“Live music performances are meant to cause catharsis, not tragedy,” said lawyer Thomas J. Henry, representing Austin-based gig Christian Parads, in a statement. “Many of these concertgoers have been waiting for months for this event and have earned a safe environment in which to have fun and enjoy the evening. Instead, their night was filled with fear, trauma and death. “

The identity of the plaintiff in this lawsuit was revealed in court documents released by the Daily Mail.

According to eyewitness accounts, some of the festival goers struggled to breathe when the crowd began to approach the stage during headliner Scott’s performance. The hip-hop artist as well as special guest Drake continued to perform as an ambulance drove into the crowd to help out onlookers.

A press release attached to Sunday’s complaint stated: “By the time Live Nation finally decided to stop performing, 23 people were in need of hospitalization, 11 had cardiac arrest and more than 300 were to be treated in a field hospital onsite. … … “

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During the concert, the audience repeatedly shouted: “Stop the show!” to no avail, people fell and fell on the festival floor.

“There is no excuse for the events that unfolded at NRG stadium on Friday night,” Henry said. “There are all indications that the performers, organizers and venue were not only aware of the restless crowd, but that injuries and potential death could have occurred. However, they … allowed the deadly show to continue. “

In statements made after the concert, Scott said he was “devastated” by the deaths and pledged to support Houston law enforcement investigating the incident.

“Every time I could see something that was going on, I would stop the show and help them get the help they needed,” said Scott, who briefly paused his dialing at the points to mark the presence of emergency medics and brief security. to help one person who has passed out.

“I never could have imagined the severity of the situation.”

Representatives for Scott, Drake, Live Nation and NRG Stadium did not immediately respond to The Times’ requests for comment on Sunday.

In the second lawsuit, reported by Billboard, accompanist Manuel Sousa sued Scott, as well as Live Nation and concert organizer ScoreMore.

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