More than 125 fans file $750 million lawsuit against Travis Scott over Astroworld tragedy



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More than 125 people are suing Travis Scott for $750 million after the opening night of his Astroworld festival left 10 fans dead and hundreds injured.

At the time of the November 5 tragedy, a section of the 50,000-strong crowd began rushing towards the stage during the 30-year-old rapper's performance.

Festival-goers affected by the crowd surge struggled to breathe, with some losing consciousness, and, as a result, were trampled on by other attendees at the concert.

Per Forbes, the lawsuit was filed in Texas' Harris County District Court by the Buzbee Law Firm on behalf of 125 fans who attended the festival and relatives of those who died at the concert.

The suit is accusing Scott and festival organizers of "senseless gross negligence" for the deadly mayhem that occurred at Astroworld.
Travis Scott performs during 2021 Astroworld Festival | CREDIT: ERIKA GOLDRING/WIREIMAGE

Also named as defendants for their involvement in organizing the festival are fellow rapper Drake, Live Nation, Epic Records, and Apple.

Citing the death of 21-year-old concert-goer Axel Acosta, the legal filing argues that those responsible for the event did not "make an even minimal effort" to ensure attendees were safe.

The law firm stated in the document that Acosta, whose family it is representing, was "crushed" by the "out of control" crowd and went into cardiac arrest before he ultimately fell to the ground and was "trampled."

"When Axel collapsed, he was trampled by those fighting to prevent themselves from being crushed," the lawsuit states, per People. "As he lay there under a mass of humanity, dying, the music played and streamed on—for almost forty minutes."
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The suit also claims that Scott, whose real name is Jacques Webster, had "glorified violence and other dangerous behaviors" before the deadly concert. It cited an incident at Lollapalooza back in 2015, after which he faced reckless conduct charges.

According to Forbes, Scott's representative maintains that he did not have the authority to stop the concert.

His rep added that although he was "not responsible" for the crowd surge, he wants to be "responsible for the solution."

The 10 people who tragically lost their lives at the concert are between the ages of nine and 27: Mirza Baig, 27, Rodolfo Peña, 23, Madison Dubiski, 23, Bharti Shahani, 22, Franco Patino, 21, Axel Acosta Avila, 21, Jacob Jurinek, 20, Brianna Rodriguez, 16, John Hilgert, 14 and Ezra Blount, 9.

Our thoughts are with the victims' loved ones at this difficult time.




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