Travis Scott and Drake Named in $750 Million Lawsuit Brought by Victims of Astroworld Festival

Drake, Travis Scott

Drake, Travis Scott

Karwai Tang/WireImage; Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Drake, Travis Scott         

Travis Scott and Drake are amongst these named in a $750 million lawsuit filed Tuesday by a Houston lawyer on behalf of 125 Astroworld Festival victims, together with the household of 1 man who died.

Axel Acosta, 21, was certainly one of 10 concertgoers who died from accidents sustained throughout Scott’s efficiency when the group surged towards the stage. In a press release to PEOPLE on Tuesday, a member of legal professional Tony Buzbee’s authorized staff stated Acosta’s loss of life “was needless, and was the result of gross negligence.”

In the criticism obtained by PEOPLE, Buzbee alleges that Acosta went into cardiac arrest from being crushed within the crowd.

“When Axel collapsed, he was trampled by those fighting to prevent themselves from being crushed,” the lawsuit states. “As he lay there under a mass of humanity, dying, the music played and streamed on—for almost forty minutes.”

The criticism continues: “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.”

Other named defendants embody Apple Music, Live Nation, Epic Records, Scott’s Cactus Jack Records, and Tristar Sports & Entertainment Group, in accordance with the criticism. 

Travis Scott performs during 2021 Astroworld Festival

Travis Scott performs throughout 2021 Astroworld Festival

Erika Goldring/WireImage Travis Scott performs throughout 2021 Astroworld Festival         

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In the assertion to PEOPLE, Buzbee’s staff stated that his agency “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.”

The assertion added that the legislation agency intends to file one other lawsuit “with another 100 named plaintiffs.”

In addition to the 10 people who have been fatally wounded from the occasions at Houston’s NRG Park earlier this month, a whole bunch extra have been injured. At least 36 lawsuits have been filed towards Scott and live performance organizers over the incident, the Houston Chronicle reported.

The criticism filed Tuesday particulars alleged habits from Scott that “glorifies violence and other dangerous behaviors,” together with social media posts.

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Drake, who was a shock visitor performer and appeared on stage with Scott on the competition, has additionally been named within the lawsuit. While the Certified Lover Boy rapper “does not have as prolific of a history inciting violence,” he has nonetheless “greatly benefitted from [Scott’s] ‘sicko’ legacy,” the criticism alleges.

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“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 within the lawsuit. “[Drake] was also well aware of the anticipated size and volatility of the crowd, and the likelihood of incitement.”

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One week after the deadly Houston live performance, Scott’s legal professional Edwin F. McPherson stated throughout an look on Good Morning America that there “obviously was a systemic breakdown that we need to get to the bottom of before we start pointing fingers at anyone.”

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McPherson claimed the mass casualty declaration made by authorities that night time “absolutely did not” make it to the 30-year-old rapper or his staff because the artist saved performing the present. “In fact,” he claimed, “we’ve seen footage of police half an hour later just walking about and not looking like it was a mass casualty event.”

Following the occasion, Scott posted a sequence of movies to his Instagram Story on Nov. 6, saying he was “horrified” by what occurred at his present and pledging to assist the victims’ households. “I’m honestly just devastated and I could never imagine anything like this happening,” Scott stated.


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