A rapper and the organizer of the Astroworld Festival, Travis Scott, is looking down the barrel of a series of lawsuits in the wake of the deaths of eight people and the injury of dozens more at a massive concert that took place on Friday evening.
A group of at least three of the injured people who were in attendance at the concert in Houston has filed suits targeting Scott, which is a pseudonym for his real name: Jacques Bermon Webster. These lawsuits also pull another rapper Aubrey Drake Graham, also known as Drake, along with Live Nation and NRG Stadium.
The Astroworld Festival ended in horrific tragedy this past week after the massive, and sold-out, crowd pushed towards the stage as Scott started his performance after Drake made his allotted appearance. The surge caused people in the audience to be packed so tight that they started to be unable to breathe which resulted in the deaths of eight people during the madness.
As the people were being crushed, Scott continued the concert for almost 40 minutes after members of law enforcement saw people falling down all over the crowd, as stated by various reports.
“The crowd became tighter and tighter, and at that point, it was hard to breathe. When Travis came out performing his first song, I witnessed people passing out next to me,” stated one 20-year-old audience member. “We were all screaming for help, and no one helped or heard us. It was horrifying. People were screaming for their lives, and they couldn’t get out. Nobody could move a muscle.”
Another person in attendance at the Astroworld Festival, Manuel Souza, also filed a lawsuit targeting Scott after being put through “serious bodily injuries when the uncontrolled crowd at the concert knocked him to the ground and trampled him,” stated the lawsuit, as reported by CNN.
“Defendants failed to properly plan and conduct the concert in a safe manner,” the lawsuit continued. “Instead, they consciously ignored the extreme risks of harm to concertgoers, and, in some cases actively encouraged and fomented dangerous behaviors. Their gross negligence caused Plaintiff serious injuries.”
Another attendee, Kristian Paredes is a 23-year-old Austin native and has slammed both Drake and Scott with a suit that is seeking over $1 million in damages by accusing the rappers of allegedly “[inciting] the crowd” this past Friday evening, as stated by Fox News.
“Live musical performances are meant to inspire catharsis, not tragedy,” exclaimed Thomas Henry, Paredes’ attorney. “Many of these concert-goers were looking forward to this event for months, and they deserved a safe environment in which to have fun and enjoy the evening. Instead, their night was one of fear, injury, and death.”