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Travis Scott and Drake named in massive $750m Astroworld lawsuit

The Independent logo The Independent 17/11/2021 Graeme Massie

Travis Scott and Drake have been named in a massive new $750m Astroworld lawsuit in the wake of the fatal Texas concert.

At least 10 people, including a nine-year-old boy, were killed and hundreds of others injured when a crowd crush took place at the Houston event on 5 November.

Travis Scott performs at Day 1 of the Astroworld Music Festival at NRG Park on Friday, Nov. 5, 2021, in Houston. - Amy Harris/Invision/AP © Amy Harris/Invision/AP

Travis Scott performs at Day 1 of the Astroworld Music Festival at NRG Park on Friday, Nov. 5, 2021, in Houston.

- Amy Harris/Invision/AP

Now Houston attorney Tony Buzbee has filed the massive lawsuit on behalf of more than 125 clients, including Axel Acosta Avila, one of those killed during the concert.

“No amount of money will ever make these Plaintiffs whole; no amount of money can restore human life. But, the damages sought in this case attempts to fix, help, or make up for the harms and losses suffered by these Plaintiffs-nothing more and nothing less,” the lawsuit states.

“The quantum sought includes sufficient punitive damages to punish and make an example of all involved in the streaming, promotion, organization and failed execution of the concert, and also to encourage those who engage in such activity in the future to do so with safety at the forefront, not just as an afterthought.”

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In addition to headliner Mr Scott and fellow rapper Drake, the lawsuit also names Apple Music, which streamed the event, and Epic Records, Live Nation and the Harris County Sports & Convention Corporation, among others.

Mr Buzbee said his own investigation showed this event was set for failure from the start.

“This concert was doomed from the beginning. It was doomed before they filed their operations plan,” he said.

“There has to be responsibility, especially those entities that stood to profit.”

Mr Scott wrote that he was “absolutely devastated” by the tragic incident and pledged his “total support” to the ongoing investigations into what happened.

The hip-hop star has offered to pay funeral expenses for the victims as well as providing counseling to anyone impacted by the event.

The lawsuit, which was filed in Texas on Tuesday, claims gross negligence and cites the repeated failed attempts to stop the concert as the tragedy unfolded.

“You can predict something very bad is going to happen by reading the entries earlier in the day,” added Mr Buzbee.

“We got to figure out a way to make sure this doesn’t happen again.”

Mr Buzbee says he plans on filing another lawsuit in the coming days on behalf of a further 100 victims.

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