Travis Scott faces lawsuit against Astroworld, cancels Day N Vegas
As lawsuits against Travis Scott and concert organizers escalate over the deadly disaster at his music festival Astroworld, the rapper canceled a headlining appearance at a Las Vegas festival this weekend .
First reported by Variety, a source close to Scott confirmed to BuzzFeed News that he will not be attending Day N Vegas, where he is scheduled to close the show on Saturday night.
On Friday in Houston, the crowd of around 50,000 from Astroworld rushed to the stage during Scott’s filming, resulting in what officials described as a “mass casualty event.” Eight people, aged 14 to 27, have died and 13 people, including 5 under the age of 18, have been hospitalized with injuries sustained at the festival, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said on Saturday.
As of Monday afternoon, 20 lawsuits had been filed in Harris County District Court in connection with the Astroworld disaster. These lawsuits charge the individuals and companies behind the music festival with negligence and gross negligence which caused injuries to the plaintiffs. Scott was personally named in 17 of those lawsuits. In one of the trials, spectator Manuel Souza accuses Scott of having encouraged violence during his set. All lawsuits name Live Nation Entertainment, the company responsible for organizing the event, as the defendant.
On Saturday Scott said he was “absolutely devastated” by what had happened.
In a declaration On Monday, Houston Police Chief Troy Finner said he met Scott and his security chief on Friday before the concert and “expressed [his] concerns about public safety. He called the meeting “brief and respectful,” but the chief added that police were carrying out a criminal investigation into what happened at Astroworld.
Live Nation said Monday that the company and ScoreMore Shows, another of the organizers, “have made efforts to provide local authorities with everything they need from us in order to complete their investigation and get everyone the answers they need. he’s looking for”.
The company said it would fully reimburse tickets to the music festival and planned to set up “a health fund to help cover medical costs.”
In a statement released via his representatives on Monday, Scott said he would personally cover all funeral expenses for those who died at Astroworld. It will also partner with online therapy provider BetterHelp to provide a month free individual therapy for festival-goers.
“Travis remains in active conversation with the City of Houston, law enforcement and local first responders to respectfully and appropriately connect with the individuals and families of those involved,” said Scott spokesperson. . “This is the first of many steps Travis plans to take as part of his personal vow to help those affected through their grieving and recovery process.”