46 lawsuits have been filed against Travis Scoott and organizers after eight people were killed and hundreds more were injured as a result of stampeding crowds during his performance last Friday night at his Astroworld Festival in Houston.
Many of the lawsuits allege that Scott, Live Nation, Drake, and other defendants were negligent and failed to properly plan and execute Astroworld Festival, and also failed to stop the concert until nearly 40 minutes after Houston PD declared a “mass casualty incident.”
The cases began to be filed in Harris County District Court within hours of the incident, with more flooding in on Monday, according to Billboard.
Another batch of seven cases was filed yesterday morning, and many more are expected to follow in the coming days.
Experts have told Billboard that the litigation over the deadly event could ultimately see hundreds of individual claims, and that potential damages or settlements could reach hundreds of millions of dollars.
On Tuesday, the family of a nine-year-old boy who sustained ‘life-threatening’ injuries filed a lawsuit against the rapper.
Attorney Ben Crump, who alongside co-counsel Alex and Bob Hilliard has been retained by the boy’s parents and other Astroworld victims, confirmed on Tuesday that the child, named Ezra Blount, was currently in hospital.
The lawyers have also filed a lawsuit as the child remains ‘on life support after suffering severe damage to his liver, kidney, and brain’.
It is claimed by the legal team that ‘the injuries will impair his quality of life’ and his ‘ability to grow and thrive’.
The lawsuit lays the blame for the child’s injuries squarely on Scott, Live Nation and several other entities, claiming that they ‘egregiously failed in their duty to protect the health, safety and lives” of all concertgoers.’