Travis Scott, originally from Houston, is preparing to face legal action following the Astroworld tragedy. Sources say Travis hired Daniel Petrocelli, a prominent Los Angeles lawyer, to handle litigation related to the tragic events, in which ten people were killed and hundreds injured.
Scott Officially represented by a college of lawyers
Travis Scott faces more than 120 lawsuits for wrongful death, personal injury and premises liability in connection with the 2021 Astroworld festival. A team of lawyers from O’Melveny & Myers, led by litigator Daniel Petrocelli, defend the Rapper Travis Scott. Mr. Petrocelli, vice president of the Los Angeles-based cabinet, will work with partners at O’Melveny law firm specializing in mass crime, according to the cabinet spokesperson.
Actions already initiated
Petrocelli has already contacted the victims’ lawyers, according to a letter obtained by Reuters, which was sent to prominent civil rights lawyer Benjamin Crump and Bob Hilliard of Corpus Christi-based Hilliard Martinez Gonzales. The two lawyers have filed lawsuits on behalf of a number of Astroworld victims and their families. In the letter from Petrocelli, the lawyer announced that he now represents Travis Scott and also made an official offer to pay the funeral expenses of those who died at the November 5 concert in Houston.
An offer rejected by the complainants
The family of 9-year-old Ezra Blount, who was seriously injured and later died due to events at the concert, declined the offer. “Your client’s offer is declined,” Corpus Christi attorney Bob Hilliard said in an email response to Petrocelli. Following them, Mr. Hilliard, lawyer for the deceased 9-year-old child, also declined the offer on behalf of his client.
Petrocelli, a lawyer who has a job
Mr. Petrocelli, who is also chairman of the trial section of O’Melveny law firm, has worked with high profile clients throughout his career. He represented Ron Goldman’s family in a civil wrongful death lawsuit brought against OJ Simpson and Jeffrey Skilling, CEO of Enron, in his trial for insider trading and criminal fraud at the time of the collapse of the society. Separately, when then-presidential candidate Donald Trump was in contention in 2016, Petrocelli was called upon to defend him against fraud lawsuits filed over Trump University real estate seminars.
The prosecutions include allegations of negligence and failure to provide adequate medical care to victims. Although lawsuits are piling up, some lawyers believe Scott is unlikely to be held solely responsible.