Legal action has already been filed against rappers Drake and Travis Scott following the fatal crowd surge incident on November 5 during the Astroworld music festival in Houston, Texas. The said lawsuit also named the NRG Stadium, organizer ScoreMore, and concert promoter Live Nation as defendants.
Filed by Houston attorney Thomas J. Henry, the legal action was instigated by the death of 8 concertgoers who died after the 50,000-person Astroworld crowd surged towards the stage when the music festival’s headliner, Travis Scott, began his performance. Additionally, the suit included Drake because he “helped” hype up the crowd, which led to the attendees getting pushed into each other.
According to sources, Scott continued performing even as emergency vehicles got to the scene to provide medical assistance to the injured individuals. A video making rounds in social media also shows concertgoers alerting a camera operator that a person died while Scott kept on with his headline set.
After the show was totally stopped, it was found that eight individuals had already died, eleven suffered from cardiac arrest, and twenty-three persons needed to be rushed to the hospital for treatment. In addition, over 300 attendees were also given medical assistance on-site in the emergency field hospital put up after the crowd surge incident ensued.
“Many of these concertgoers were looking forward to this event for months,” lawyer Thomas J. Henry stressed. “They deserved a safe environment in which to have fun and enjoy the evening.” He emphasized that “live musical performances are meant to inspire catharsis, not a tragedy.” Instead, their night was one of fear, injury, and death.”
Henry related that there is “no excuse for the events that unfolded at NRG Stadium on Friday night.”
Moreover, he criticized the show’s performers, organizers, and promoters for being somewhat clueless about the injuries and deaths that have occurred. “They decided to put profits over their attendees and allowed the deadly show to go on,” the lawyer emphasized.