An attendee of the Astroworld Music Festival is suing rappers Travis Scott and Drake for their actions leading to tragic results. Kristian Paredes, a concert attendee, said that Scott and Drake negligently incited a riot and violence.
Last Friday, the mayhem left eight people, including two teenagers, dead. Dozens also received injuries.
Live Nation, ScoreMore Also Named Respondents
Paredes is seeking a million dollars in damages. The suit also named Live Nation, the venue and entertainment company, and promoter ScoreMore as respondents.
It said that Live Nation failed to provide adequate security and medical services during the event.
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During the start of Travis Scott’s set, the estimated crowd of 50,000 surged towards the stage. Houston Fire Chief Samuel Peña said early Saturday that the crowding led to tragic results.
“That caused some panic, and it started causing some injuries,” Peña said. This led to the death of eight concertgoers and left dozens wounded. Paredes, the plaintiff, is one of those injured during the melee.
Travis Scott and Drake Incited The Crowd
The lawsuit alleged that Scott, who is the top draw of the festival, has a habit of inciting crowds during his events. Last Friday night, witnesses reported that Scott ignored the ongoing crush of attendees and continued to perform.
Videos of the incident where Scott continues to sing while a body is being carried circulated on the internet.
Another rapper, Aubrey Drake Graham, or Drake, also helped incite the crowd to continue rushing the stage. The suit also alleged that Drake knew Scott had a prior reputation of inciting crowds but did not do anything.
Instead, he continued performing with Scott as if nothing was happening. Both Scott and Drake declined to comment on the lawsuit.
Paredes himself was standing at the general admission section at the time. When Scott started to perform, the crowd tried to break through a metal barrier leading to the VIP section.
Paredes reported getting pushed and injured during that mad rush towards the stage. As a result, Paredes “suffered severe bodily injuries” that “had a serious effect on the Plaintiff’s health and well-being,” the lawsuit said. “Many begged security guards hired by Live Nation Entertainment for help,” it added.
Others Filing Lawsuits As Well
Paredes is not the only person suing the organizers and performers of Astroworld. Another attendee, Manuel Souza, sued Scott, ScoreMore, and LiveNation, over the tragic event. It called the festival a “predictable and preventable tragedy.”
In addition, civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump announced that he filed a lawsuit on behalf of 21-year-old Noah Gutierrez.
“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.
“We will be pursuing justice for all our clients who were harmed in this tragic and preventable event.”
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