Astroworld: Travis Scott and Drake sued over deadly Texas concert crush

Rappers Travis Scott and Drake have been sued for having “incited mayhem” after eight people were killed and dozens injured in a crush during a Texas concert, a law firm has confirmed.

Thomas J Henry Law tweeted a story published by the Daily Mail on the lawsuit, confirming on Sunday that it had filed “one of the first lawsuits in Travis Scott Astroworld festival tragedy,” reports Guardian.

The report said the plaintiff is 23-year-old Kristian Paredes, who was one of those “severely injured” at the concert on 5 November.

Another lawsuit was filed in the state court of Houston on behalf of a man injured in the crush. Attorneys for Manuel Souza sued Scott, the concert organisers Live Nation and others, claiming they were responsible.

In a tweet posted on Saturday, Scott said he was “absolutely devastated by what took place”. He pledged to work “together with the Houston community to heal and support the families in need”.

About 50,000 people were in the audience at NRG Park in Houston when the crowd started pushing towards the stage as Scott was performing, triggering chaotic scenes.

Paredes, a Texas resident who is also suing Live Nation and the venue, “felt an immediate push” at the front of the general admission section as Scott got on stage, the complaint says.

“The crowd became chaotic and a stampede began. Many begged security guards hired by Live Nation Entertainment for help, but were ignored.”

The lawsuit, filed in Harris county court in Houston, claims Scott “had incited mayhem and chaos at prior events” and “defendants knew or should have known of [Scott’s] prior conduct”.

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