Travis Scott’s Response To Astroworld Tragedy

Contributed by Lauren Taylor 

The huge crowd surge at Astroworld Festival in Houston Friday evening killed eight people and injured more than 300. The crowd was made up of 50,000 packed people all trying to reach the headliner Travis Scott.

Travis Scott and the entertainment company, Live Nation, are facing more than a dozen lawsuits due to this tragedy. Manuel Souza is one of the many people suing Scott, he is being represented by The Houston Personal Injury firm.

According to NBC, his lawsuit states that “Scott actively encourages his fans to ‘rage’ at his concerts. His express encouragement of violence has previously resulted in serious violence at numerous past concerts.” Scott was arrested in 2017 for encouraging his fans to bypass security and rush the stage, leaving multiple people injured in Arkansas.

In response to the tragedy and lawsuits, Scott canceled his next headline performance, he has plans to issue refunds and to pay for the funeral costs.

In an exclusive, Variety confirmed that Scott will not perform at the Las Vegas Festival, Day N Vegas, this weekend. According to sources, he is described as “too distraught to play,” and that he will also provide full refunds to all attendees of the Astroworld festival.

Scott released an announcement in which he states he will pay for the funeral expenses for the eight victims of the deadly crowd surge, Rolling Stone reported. Those who passed away range from age 14 to 27, John Hilgert, 14, Franco Patino, 21, Jacob Jurinek, 20, Brianna Rodriguez, 16, Danish Baig, 27, Rodolfo Pena, 23, Laredo College, Madison Dubiski, 23 and Axel Acosta, 21.

In an effort to help, Scott announced that he partnered with BetterHelp to provide free therapy to attendees in need.