To be expected: Travis Scott is cited in a lawsuit following the tragedy that occurred last Friday at the Astroworld festival in Houston. Eight people lost their lives and hundreds more were injured, as crowds of around 50,000 rushed to the scene. Heavy legal proceedings are open against the rapper, and he is not the only one….
Manuel Souza sues Travis Scott for negligence
On Sunday, a man named Manuel Souza hired a team of lawyers to sue Scott, Live Nation and several other defendants in Harris County court for negligence. In the charge, the complaint reads ” motivation for profit at the expense of the health and safety of spectators and incitement to violence”.
Mr. Souza believes that the horrors that unfolded at the music festival were ” predictable and preventable ” if the organizers had paid more attention to several red flags in the days leading up to the event, including an incident in which ” the concert participants crossed a security fence around the park, rushed into the premises and trampled on each other ”. Souza’s attorney, Steven Kherkher, alleges in the documents that “ the defendants failed to plan and organize the concert in a safe manner. Instead, they consciously ignored the extreme risks of harm to spectators, and in some cases actively encouraged and instigated dangerous behavior. “
As for Scott, Mr Souza said the rapper’s behavior during his shows only made the situation worse. “ This type of behavior has long been encouraged by the founder and main performer of the festival,” Souza continues. “ His express encouragement of violence has already resulted in serious violence in many past concerts.
Drake also implicated
Meanwhile, another lawsuit is brought against Drake by Kristian Paredes, another concert attendee. According to TMZ, Paredes believes incidents from Scott’s previous concerts should have been taken into account when planning this year’s festival. He says in his complaint, that Scott and Drake ” helped incite the crowd that night”, insinuating that they should have anticipated the consequences of their instructions. Like Souza, Paredes is also seeking $ 1 million in damages, accusing Scott, Drake and Live Nation of gross negligence.
In addition to Travis Scott, the Live Nation label and ScoreMore
Travis Scott was criticized for not stopping his performance earlier, but Souza and his lawyer also allege that Live Nation and organizer ScoreMore ” made a conscious decision to let the show go on, despite the extreme risk of harm to the show. the spectators who increased every moment. “ Souza said:” Finally, due to the active decision of the defendants to leave the show to continue, the scene turned into a full scrimmage, resulting in the unnecessary and premature death of at least eight people and wounding dozens others. ”