Lawsuit have now been filed against rapper Travis Scott and other organizers of the ill-fated music festival ‘Astroworld’ after eight people died on Friday during a stampede on the first night.
As Yahoo News reports:
The first lawsuits have been filed in the Astroworld music festival tragedy, including one that blames rappers Travis Scott and Drake as well as concert company Live Nation for the crowd surge that left eight people dead Friday and at least 25 injured.
A Texas attorney on Sunday filed that lawsuit, which also names NRG Stadium agent Harris County Sports & Convention Corp., accusing the defendants of prioritizing “profits over their attendees” during a concert in which concertgoers ages 14 to 27 were killed.
“Live musical performances are meant to inspire catharsis, not tragedy,” read a statement from lawyer Thomas J. Henry, who is representing concertgoer Kristian Paredes of Austin. “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.”
Representatives for Drake and Live Nation did not immediately respond Sunday to The Times’ requests for comment. Representatives for Scott and NRG Stadium declined to comment.
According to eye-witness accounts and videos which circulated after the event, people in the crowd were crushed when the crowd suddenly pressured forward at the start of a concert.