Performing Artist Travis Scott was sued after a man who was injured at the Astroworld Festival in Houston, Texas, in November. The Astroworld Festival, which took place on November 5, left eight people dead and dozens of others injured.
Manuel Souza, a man who attended the Astroworld concert suffered serious injuries when the crowd knocked him to the ground and trampled him. Souza sued Scott, who was the primary organizer of the Astroworld Festival, in Texas District Court, Harris County. Souza is also suing entertainment company Live Nation, concert promoter Scoremore, and several other entities that were involved in the festival. The lawsuit claims that Souza was injured because the defendants consciously ignored the risks of harm to attendees of the event. In addition, the lawsuit alleges that the defendants actively encouraged dangerous behaviors at the event. Souza is seeking over $1,000,000 in damages.
Scott began his performance shortly after 9 p.m. Officials stated that they first received reports of crowd surges during the early part of Scott’s set, and they received reports of injuries around 9:30 p.m. Although it is unclear whether Scott knew of the crowd conditions during his performance, videos from the concert’s livestream show Scott briefly ceasing his performance and looking on as an ambulance pulled into the crowd. He continued his performance again after this incident, but he later called a stop to the event.
On the Saturday after the Astroworld Festival, Scott addressed the event in a video posted to his Instagram account. In the video, Scott claimed that he was devastated, and he stated that he was attempting to identify the families of victims to provide them with help. In addition, Scott stated that he was not aware of the severity of the crowd situation at the concert. Specifically, Scott claimed that when he noticed there was a problem, he stopped the show in order to get injured concertgoers the assistance they needed.
In addition to those issued previously noted, Souza’s lawsuit alleges that Scott actively encourages his fans to “rage” at his concerts. The lawsuit also alleges that Scott has a history of encouraging violence at his shows, and this has led to a string of violent incidents. In addition, the lawsuit references a tweet from Scott that indicated he intended to continue to allow people into the event even after it reached full capacity.
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