Following the tragic events of the Astroworld Concert, which saw ten people die, and scores injured, 125 attendees of the event filed a lawsuit on Tuesday. The case is seeking more than $750 million in punitive damages.
The lawsuit filed in Harris County is suing musicians Travis Scott and Drake and corporations including Apple Inc. (who streamed the event), Live Nation Entertainment Inc. (event organizers), Epic Records, and the Harris County Sports and Convention Corp.
The suit alleges that Apple Inc. and Live Nation Entertainment failed to create a safe atmosphere for concertgoers. Adding that the deaths and injuries that occurred at the concert were needless and senseless.
“This concert was doomed from the beginning,” attorney Tony Buzbee said. “It was doomed before they filed their operations plan.”
The Houston attorney, Tony Buzbee, outlined the details of the extensive lawsuit on Instagram.
“We filed a suit today on behalf of 125 Astroworld concertgoers, including the family of Axel Acosta. Axel died at the concert. Many of the clients named in this lawsuit suffered broken bones, or twisted knees, or orthopedic injuries. Many have psychological injury,” the caption of his post read in part.
For those that attended the event, non could have expected what transpired that night, including Axel Acosta. Acosta is among the ten concertgoers that died from the crowd surge at the concert.
According to the suit Acosta, “was crushed by the incited, unruly and out-of-control crowd with such force that he could no longer breath.” “As he lay there under a mass of humanity, dying, the music played and streamed on – for almost forty minutes.”
The $750 damages sought in this legal suit “attempts to fix, help, or make up for the harms and losses suffered by these Plaintiffs—nothing more and nothing less.”
Perhaps to mitigate the tragedy that was the Astroworld concert, Travis Scott and Live Nation offered refunds to all concert attendees. An action that the lawsuit terms as “a transparent and grotesque effort of the Defendants to limit their liability.”
And according to the lawsuit, “No amount of money will ever make these Plaintiffs whole; no amount of money can restore human life.”
The suit also alleges that rapper Travis Scott has a history of inciting violence at his shows through the lyrics of music. Accusing the rapper of blatantly inciting his fans to disregard safety guidelines. It points out that at one point, the rapper had told GQ that his concerts should feel like pro wrestling matches.
The suit recounts the New York concert in 2017, where the rapper was accused of encouraging concertgoers to jump from the third-floor balcony saying that “other fans would catch them.” The 2017 concert resulted in the paralysis of one concertgoer, Kyle Green, who says that he did not jump and was instead pushed, landing on the floor.
Scott’s litigation lawyer in the Astroworld case, Edwin McPherson, says, “Nobody told his (Travis Scott) crew. When finally, somebody communicated something to his crew that this was the last strong, that was about 10:10, Travis said, ‘Ok, last song,’ and stopped it when he was told to stop it.”
On the other hand, Buzbee says that his firm has collected enough evidence from reviewing video footage from the concert to move ahead with the case.
“Our team has toured the site and collected extensive. We have taken statements from more than fifty witnesses. We have collected hours of video tape from almost every angle,” Buzbee said.
There seems to be no end to Travis Scott’s woes, as this lawsuit comes only a few days after attorney Benjamin Crump filed a suit on behalf of 100 Astroworld attendees. Still, attorney Buzbee says that he intends to file more, Buzbee in a statement to Fox Business on Tuesday, said that his firm “Intends to file another lawsuit in the coming days with another 100 named plaintiffs.”