Travis Scott, Drake, Live Nation And More Have Been Named In A $750 Million Lawsuit Over The Astroworld Tragedy
Over 100 lawsuits have been filed in the Astroworld tragedy that took the lives of 10 people, including a 9-year-old boy, and left hundreds injured after a crowd surge. And now, a $750 million lawsuit has been filed against Travis Scott, Drake, Live Nation, Apple Music (they livestreamed the show), and several other companies. The lawsuit has been filed on behalf of 125 Astroworld victims.
Houston authorities and Travis Scott have both been trying to distance themselves from blame over his fatal concert. The police declared a “mass casualty incident” the night of the show after people died and were injured from being crushed by the massive crowd pushing toward the stage during Travis’ performance. Travis’ attorney, Edwin F. McPherson, said on Good Morning America that there was “a systemic breakdown,” and pointed out that police are seen in footage casually, even though they claimed it was a mass casualty event. Travis (whose real name is Jacques Webster) has said that he did not know people were dying in the audience and that it wasn’t his responsibility to stop the show. But Travis offered to pay for funeral expenses and therapy for people at the show. The people at the show heard his offer and completely passed–choosing instead to sue his ass for millions.
Forbes says that a lawsuit was filed by Buzbee Law Firm in Texas’ Harris County District Court on behalf of 125 attendees including the family of 21-year-old Axel Acosta, who according to the lawsuit went into cardiac arrest from being crushed in the crowd. Drake was named in the lawsuit because he performed during Travis’ set. Epic Records, Travis’ own Cactus Jack Records, and Tristar Sports & Entertainment Group were also sued. The lawsuit alleges that Travis has a history of “glorified violence and other dangerous behaviors” and cited a 2015 incident at Lollapalooza where Travis was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct after encouraging fans to storm the stage. The lawsuit is seeking a trial by jury.
People got a statement from Tony Buzbee of Buzbee Law Firm who spoke of Axel’s tragic death:
“[It] was needless, and was the result of gross negligence… When Axel collapsed, he was trampled by those fighting to prevent themselves from being crushed… As he lay there under a mass of humanity, dying, the music played and streamed on—for almost forty minutes…
Axel Acosta loved and adored Travis Scott and the other performers at Astroworld—the feeling was not mutual; certainly, neither Travis Scott nor his exclusive partners, streaming service, record labels, handlers, entourage, managers, agents, hangers on, promoters, organizers, or sponsors cared enough about Axel Acosta and the other concertgoers to make an even minimal effort to keep them safe.”
In the statement to PEOPLE, Buzbee’s team said that his firm “believes, based on its ongoing investigation, that Apple Music, Epic Records and many other corporations that stood to profit from Astroworld will share legal blame in a court of law, in front of a Texas jury.”
But that’s not all, the firm said in their statement that they have another lawsuit coming with a different group of “100 named plaintiffs.” Class-action that class-action. Travis is being sued to the power of two or three at this point. But it’s not just Travis, the lawsuit also called out Drake:
Drake, who was a surprise guest performer and appeared on stage with Scott at the festival, has also been named in the lawsuit. While the Certified Lover Boy rapper “does not have as prolific of a history inciting violence,” he has still “greatly benefitted from [Scott’s] “sicko” legacy,” the complaint alleges.
“When [Drake] accepted [Scott’s] invitation to perform at Astroworld 2021, [Drake] was well aware of the damage [Scott] had caused at his shows in the past,” Buzbee writes in the lawsuit. “[Drake] was also well aware of the anticipated size and volatility of the crowd, and the likelihood of incitement.”
Meanwhile, Travis has been getting dropped from deals left and right. TMZ says that his Nike shoe collaboration planned for December 16th was postponed (AKA: canceled) and the company said in a statement:
“Out of respect for everyone impacted by the tragic events at the Astroworld Festival, we are postponing the launch of the Air Max 1 x Cactus Jack.”
And the Houston Rockets ditched a promotional event with Travis and replaced “Travis Scott Night” with a moment of silence. W Magazine is also reportedly working on pulling an upcoming cover of Travis and Kylie Jenner. Dior’s collaboration with Travis is supposed to hit stores in January and it’s not known if they’re going to pull it or not.