The Thomas J. Henry Law firm announced a new lawsuit has been filed on behalf of more than 280 Astroworld concertgoers.
Due to a chaotic crowd surge at Travis Scott’s November 5th performance, 10 people have died.
The lawsuit names defendants including Apple Music, Travis Scott, the rapper Drake and Live Nation, claiming they were negligent and stood to make “an exorbitant amount of money” from the event but chose to “cut corners, cut costs and put the festival attendees at risk.”
“Many in the crowd were knocked to the ground and trampled, some were trapped and crushed against other concert attendees, while others were compressed against metal barricades,” the lawsuit says. “The resulting catastrophic incident and carnage were easily foreseeable and preventable had the Defendants acted in a reasonably prudent manner in planning a large-scale festival like Astroworld Fest.”
The lawsuit seeks $2 billion in damages resulting from “extreme pain and suffering, loss of earnings, emotional distress and medical expenses.”
Attorney Thomas J. Henry said in a statement “My clients want to ensure the defendants are held responsible for their actions, and they want to send the message to all performers, event organizers, and promoters that what happened at Astroworld cannot happen again,”.
According to Harris County, District Court records at least 140 lawsuits have been filed in connection with the tragedies that occurred at the Astroworld Festival.
Just minutes before Travis Scott took the stage at 9 p.m., more than 260 people had already been treated for injuries. At 9:33 p.m., the police reported that multiple people were trampled and passed out at front stage and a mass casualty incident was reported at 9:52 p.m.
Alex Pollak, the CEO of the medic company that was hired by the event organizers commented saying that their staff had to treat 11 people who were in cardiac arrest at the same time. “This is something I’ll have nightmares about for the rest of my life,” Pollak said. “The team is extremely broken up about it. Seeing so many young people getting CPR at one time, it’s just something no one should have to go through.”
It is unclear what Travis Scott was able to see from the stage and whether he was aware of the crowd conditions, but he continued to perform until about 10:10 p.m. Travis Scott’s attorney stated that the artist did not know of the mass casualty declaration until the following morning.
Hopefully, all the victims and their families from this tragic event will receive the justice and mourning they all deserve.
Published by HOLR Magazine.