A lawsuit has been filed against Travis Scott and Drake, seeking damages of $750 million. a crowd crush turned deadlyThis was at the Astroworld festival, Houston, earlier in this month.
Scott (legal name Jacques Bermon Webster II) was briefly joined onstage by Drake, who had invited him to surprise about 50,000 people.
Ten people perished from compression caused by crowd members being squeezed too tightly that they had trouble breathing and moving. Two others were injured and died from their injuries later. Eight people were also killed at the festival. including a 9-year-old boy who had been watching the show perched atop his father’s shoulders.
Axel Acosta’s family, a Washington State native of 21 years old who was struck by lightning in the crowd, is representing the plaintiffs. Houston attorney Tony Buzbee is representing the group ― the latest to sue over the disastrous Astroworld festival.
“Axel Acosta loved and adored Travis Scott and the other performers at Astroworld,” read a copy of the complaint obtained by People. “The feeling was not mutual; certainly, neither Travis Scott nor his exclusive partners, streaming service, record labels, handlers, entourage, managers, agents, hangers on, promoters, organizers, or sponsors cared enough about Axel Acosta and the other concertgoers to make an even minimal effort to keep them safe.”
Apple, which was filming the show, is also named in the suit, along with Live Nation Entertainment, Tri Star Sports & Entertainment, Epic Records, Scott’s Cactus Jack Records, event security and other organizers.
“When Axel collapsed, he was trampled by those fighting to prevent themselves from being crushed,” the suit reads. “As he lay there under a mass of humanity, dying, the music played and streamed on — for almost forty minutes.”
Scott has faced searing criticism for being slow to take action during his set; he played on for another 37 minutes after officials declared the scene in front of him a “mass casualty event,” according to the Houston Chronicle. It’s not uncommon for performers to stop a show because of something they see happening in the crowd, but lawyers for the rapper said Scott could not tellWhat was going on from the stage.
Scott’s attorney did not respond immediately to our request for comment regarding the most recent suit.
Numerous Astroworld-related lawsuits were filed after the tragedy. Ben Crump, a civil rights attorney has filed nearly 100 lawsuits so farWorking with other lawyers in a group.
The dead included teens and several young adults; The oldest victim died at 27.
Scott said shortly after the event that he was “absolutely devastated by what took place.”
He offered to pay victims’ funeral costs and urged attendees to seek therapy through BetterHelp. Some accused the rapper of seeking to profit from his fans’ trauma with the new business partnership.