A lawyer for a festivalgoer who was injured at Travis Scott’s Astroworld Festival is suing the rapper and Drake, saying they “put profits over their attendees and allowed the deadly show to go on.”
Texas attorney Thomas J. Henry filed a $1 million-plus lawsuit on behalf of Kristian Paredes, 23, from Austin who he says was left severely injured after Friday night’s concert.
Paredes alleges in the lawsuit that the rappers “incited the crowd” that left him “severely injured” and eight others dead.
“There is no excuse for the events that unfolded at NRG stadium on Friday night,” Henry said.
“There is every indication that the performers, organizers, 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.”
It has been reported that Scott carried on performing in Houston even as he saw an ambulance coming through the crowd.
Videos appear to show fans desperately trying to get the concert to stop, as the crush went on for about a half hour before the music was stopped.
Scott apparently noticed the ambulance moving through the crowd, stopped performing for a few moments, then promised to “make this motherf**king ground shake,” and resumed the show. It’s unclear if he heard any of the crowd’s pleas.
Paredes was at the front of the general admission section, with a metal barrier separating him from the VIP Section, and felt an “immediate push” as Scott entered the stage around 9 p.m.
“The crowd became chaotic and a stampede began leaving eight dead and dozens including Kristian Paredes severely injured,” the filing claims.
Henry, who is also suing promoters Live Nation Harris County Sports and Convention Corporation for negligence, added to Page Six, “Make no mistake, the choices were made Friday night by those entrusted to keep concertgoers safe, and they were the wrong choices. I believe those choices should have consequences beyond those suffered by the injured and the dead.”
He also stated in the suit, “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.”
Manuel Souza, who said he was injured in the mayhem at the show, accused the rap star and promoters Live Nation and ScoreMore in a separate lawsuit of “actively encouraging…dangerous behaviors.”
“Defendants failed to properly plan and conduct the concert in a safe manner,” Souza’s lawyers said in papers filed Saturday in Harris County District Court, Billboard reported.
“Instead, they consciously ignored the extreme risks of harm to concertgoers and, in some cases, actively encouraged and fomented dangerous behaviors,” alleged the lawsuit.
Scott has said he is “absolutely devastated by what took place,” adding, “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.”
Kylie Jenner also released a statement on her Instagram story Saturday night. “Travis and I are broken and devastated. My thoughts and prayers are with all who lost their lives, were injured or were affected in any way by yesterday’s events. And also for Travis who I know cares deeply for his fans and the Houston community.”
She added, “I want to make it clear we weren’t aware of any fatalities until the news came out after the show and in no world would we have continued filming or performing. I am sending my deepest condolences to all the families during this difficult time and will be praying for the healing of everyone affected.”
Reps for Scott, Astroworld and Live Nation didn’t immediately comment.