A lawsuit has been filed against performing artist Travis Scott following a tragedy at the Astroworld Festival that left eight people dead and dozens injured in Houston on November 5.
Manuel Souza, a concertgoer who suffered serious bodily injuries at the festival when the uncontrolled crowd knocked him down and trampled him, is suing rapper and producer Travis Scott, who organized the Astroworld Festival, as well as concert promoter Scoremore, entertainment company Live Nation, and others involved in the event. The lawsuit alleges that Souza’s injuries occurred because the defendants consciously ignored the extreme risks of harm to concertgoers and fomented and encouraged dangerous behaviors. According to the lawsuit, Souza seeks damages in excess of $1,000,000.
Timeline of the Astroworld Tragedy
Travis Scott began his performance shortly after 9 p.m. Officials have since stated that they were made aware of crowd surges during the early part of Scott’s set, and they received the first reports of injured attendees around 9:30 p.m. Although it is unclear whether Scott was aware of the conditions in the crowd during his performance, videos from the event’s livestream show Scott stopping his performance momentarily and looking on as an ambulance pulled into the crowd. He began to perform again after this, but he later stopped the concert.
On the Saturday after the event, Scott addressed the incident in a video posted to Instagram. In the video, Scott stated that he was devastated by the November 5 tragedy, and he claimed that he was working to identify the families of victims to provide them with help. In addition, Scott indicated that he was not aware of how severe the crowd situation was during his performance. However, Scott also stated that he stopped the show to get injured concertgoers’ help when he realized there was a problem.
In addition to the issues above, Souza’s lawsuit against Scott alleges that the performer actively encourages his fans to “rage” at his performances. The lawsuit also alleges that Scott has a history of encouraging violent incidents at his shows. In addition, the lawsuit cites a tweet from Scott that indicated he intended to continue to admit people into the event despite its sold-out status as evidence of the Astroworld Festival’s lack of proper safety precautions.
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