Travis Scott, Drake, Sued For Astroworld Festival Tragedy
Travis Scott, Drake, and Live Nation are being sued by concertgoers due to the Astroworld Festival tragedy that left eight dead and dozens hospitalized Friday (Nov. 5).
At least three lawsuits have been filed from attendees of the Houston concert per CBS. The defendants include rappers Travis Scott and Drake and venue and entertainment company Live Nation. Two of the suits are seeking $1 million in damages.
Houston Fire Chief Samuel Peña said that a crowd surge began as Scott was performing Friday that led to at least eight people being killed, including two teenagers.
Per the outlet, “a civil suit by plaintiff Kristian Paredes against Scott and Drake blames them for negligently inciting ‘a riot and violence’. The suit, one of those seeking $1 million in damages, also claims Live Nation failed to provide adequate security and medical services at the Astroworld festival.”
In the suit it also claims that Scott caused “mayhem and chaos” at previous shows and says “other defendants didn’t take steps to prevent that behavior.”
It also claims Drake, who appeared as a surprise performer, “helped incite the crowd even though he knew of [Scott’s] prior conduct,” and “continued to perform on stage while the crowd mayhem continued,” per CBS.
Civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump said Sunday that he has filed a lawsuit on behalf of 21-year-old Noah Gutierrez, and is planning to file more on alleged victims of the concert.
“We are hearing horrific accounts of the terror and helplessness people experienced — the horror of a crushing crowd and the awful trauma of watching people die while trying unsuccessfully to save them,” Crump said in a statement per the outlet. “We will be pursuing justice for all our clients who were harmed in this tragic and preventable event.”
Scott and Drake declined to comment on the lawsuit per CBS.