Travis Scott And Drake Sued For 'Inciting Crowd' At Astroworld Concert Where Eight People Died
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Travis Scott and Drake are being sued for 'inciting the crowd' at the Astroworld Festival tragedy on Friday (5 November).
Eight people died after a crowd surge and many more were injured, including 23-year-old Kristian Paredes, who has accused the rappers, Live Nation Entertainment Inc. and Harris County Sports and Convention Corporation of negligence.
According to the complaint obtained by the Daily Mail, surprise guest Drake 'came on stage alongside Travis Scott and helped incite the crowd.'
Paredes accused the pair of continuing to perform 'as the crowd became out of control' and 'while the crowd mayhem continued'. He is suing for more than $1 million in damages for his injuries, some of which he claims are permanent.
In 2018, Scott pleaded guilty to a public disorder charge after he was accused of encouraging people to rush the stage at a concert in Arkansas.
Following the tragedy at Astroworld Festival, the 30-year-old said he was 'absolutely devastated ' and would do whatever he could to 'assist' the families of the victims.
He said in a statement posted on his Twitter account: "My fans really mean the world to me and I always want to leave them with a positive experience.
"Anytime I can make out anything that's going on, ya know, I stop the show and you know, help them get the help they need. I could just never imagine the severity of the situation."
Texas attorney Thomas J. Henry, who is representing Paredes, said profits were put before the safety of festival-goers.
He told the Daily Mail: "There is no excuse for the events that unfolded at NRG stadium on Friday night.
"There is every indication that the performers, organisers, and venue were not only aware of the hectic crowd but also that injuries and potential deaths may have occurred. Still, they decided to put profits over their attendees and allowed the deadly show to go on.
"Live musical performances are meant to inspire catharsis, not tragedy. Many of these concert-goers were looking forward to this event for months, and they deserved a safe environment in which to have fun and enjoy the evening. Instead, their night was one of fear, injury, and death."
LADbible has contacted Live Nation for a comment.