Lawsuits Filed Against Travis Scott In Astroworld Festival Catastrophe

One suit is seeking at least $1 million in damages.

By Shelby Stewart November 8, 2021


Multiple lawsuits have Already been filed following the tragedy at Travis Scott's Astroworld Festival that killed eight people, and left  hundreds more injured Friday night. Potentially more suits are coming after one of the deadliest crowd disasters at a U.S. concert. 

Concertgoer Manuel Souza calls the event a "predictable and preventable tragedy," according to the suit. He is suing for injuries he says he suffered during the festival. The suit includes Scott, global entertainment company Live Nation, and concert promoter Scoremore. 

The suit, filed Saturday in Harris County District Court, accuses the festival organizers of both negligence and gross negligence, and is seeking at least $1 million in damages. Souza's suit claims that festival organizers disregarded warning signs,  when "concertgoers breached a security gate around the park, stampeded into the premises, and trampled over one another."

According to the complaint filed by Souza's attorney, Steve Kherkher of Kherkher Garcia LLP, "Defendants failed to properly plan and conduct the concert in a safe manner," and "[Souza] suffered serious bodily injuries when the uncontrolled crowd at the concert knocked him to the ground and trampled him."

Souza is one of several people who filed a lawsuit against Scott. Attorney Tony Buzbee will represent the family of a 21-year-old man who lost his life at the festival, and acclaimed civil rights lawyer Benjamin Crump shared on social media Sunday evening that he would also be representing victims of the crowd stampede, including Noah Gutierrez, an attendee who attempted to help other injured festivalgoers. 

Additionally, Texas based personal injury attorney Thomas J. Henry also filed a lawsuit against Scott, Canadian-born rapper Drake, Live Nation, and NRG Stadium, on behalf of "one of the victims" at the festival. 

Both Scott and Live Nation released statements following the tragedy. Scott posted a video to social media about the tragic event. "I’m absolutely devastated by what took place last night," Scott says. "My prayers go out to the families and all those impacted by what happened at Astroworld Festival. Houston PD has my total support as they continue to look into the tragic loss of life. I am committed to working together with the Houston community to heal and support the families in need." 

Live Nation writes in a statement, "Heartbroken for those lost and impacted at Astroworld last night. We will continue working to provide as much information and assistance as possible to the local authorities as they investigate the situation."

This story is still developing. 

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