Billboard reports that Travis Scott and Live Nation are facing at least one lawsuit already in the aftermath of the deadly crowd surge at the 2021 Astroworld Music Festival on Friday night, November 5. The 30-year-old Scott and the concert company are being sued by a concertgoer who was injured during the Astroworld tragedy which left eight people dead and hundreds more injured.
The lawsuit was filed in Harris County District Court on Saturday, November 6 by an injured concert attendee, Manuel Souza. The lawsuit against Scott, as well as organizer ScoreMore and Live Nation, claims the deadly disaster was “predictable and preventable,” “a motivation for profit at the expense of concertgoers’ health and safety” and the “encouragement of violence.” Representatives for Scott, ScoreMore and Live Nation have yet to comment on the lawsuit, which is the first of what’s predicted to be many.
The devastating incident occurred when a large portion of the festival’s 50,000-person crowd attempted to rush to the front of the stage during Scott’s headlining set all at once, resulting in fans crushing each other. Scott issued a statement saying: “I’m absolutely devastated by what took place last night. My prayers go out to the families and all those impacted by what happened at Astroworld Festival. Houston PD has my total support as they continue to look into the tragic loss of life. I am committed to working together with the Houston community to heal and support the families in need. Thank you to Houston PD, Fire Department and NRG Park for their immediate response and support. Love You All.”
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