Several lawsuits are expected to reach Harris County District Court after the tragic mass casualty event at Travis Scott’s Astroworld Festival. Texas Attorney Thomas J Henry names Scott, Drake, and Live Nation as defendants from negligence, a new suit filed on behalf of Kristian Paredes. Paredes says that the security and logistics of the event failed to plan appropriately in order to keep people safe during the event.
“There is no excuse for the events that unfolded at NRG stadium on Friday night,” Henry said in a news release. “There is every indication that the performers, organizers, and venue were not only aware of the hectic crowd but also that injuries and potential deaths may have occurred. Still, they decided to put profits over their attendees and allowed the deadly show to go on.”
Another suit from an attendee named Manuel Souza claims negligence and gross negligence, stating that there were already signs of danger before 50,000 people stampeded and caused the 8 deaths that transpired. He cites the attendees who climbed fences and dashed through the front barricades. He goes on to cite the several attempts by fans to have the show end while injured people were carried out of the crowd. The headline set did not stop for 40 minutes.
Civil Rights attorney Ben Crump, known for filing several lawsuits on behalf of Black people killed by police, has also sued Scott on behalf of Noah Guitierrez. The survivor will be the first of many he says he plans to represent.
A slew of graphic footage and several videos that suggest Scott allowed the show to continue despite seeing clear signs of the danger have surfaced on Twitter. Scott has issued an official apology for the event on Instagram.