Travis Scott and Drake sued over deadly crowd surge at Astroworld

8 dead after chaos at Houston music festival

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A man who attended the Houston music festival where at least eight people were killed has filed a civil lawsuit against Travis Scott and Drake, blaming the rappers for negligently inciting “a riot and violence,” according to the lawsuit.

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The crowd surge occurred during Scott’s performance on Friday night, when a crowd started to “compress” toward the stage, Houston Fire Chief Samuel Pena said early Saturday.

“That caused some panic, and it started causing some injuries,” Pena said. At least eight people, including two teenagers, were killed and dozens were hospitalized.

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Visitors cast shadows at a memorial to the victims of the Astroworld concert in Houston on Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021. Robert Bumsted / AP

The suit alleges that Scott, who founded the festival in 2018, “had incited mayhem and chaos at prior events,” and said the other defendants did not take steps to prevent that behavior. The suit did not give any examples.

It also claims that Drake, who appeared as a surprise performer, “helped incite the crowd even though he knew of [Scott’s] prior conduct,” and “continued to perform on stage while the crowd mayhem continued.”

Scott and Drake declined to comment on the lawsuit. Scott stated that he is “absolutely devastated” by the events of Saturday. CBS News reached out to Live Nation representatives for clarification.

The lawsuit said plaintiff Kristian Paredes was standing at the front of the general admission section at the time, near a metal barrier separating the VIP section from the rest of the crowd. According to the lawsuit, Scott started performing and Paredes felt an “immediate push” just before the crowd “became chaotic and a stampede started.”

“Many begged security guards hired by Live Nation Entertainment for help, but were ignored,” the lawsuit added.

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Travis Scott performs at Day 1 of the Astroworld Music Festival at NRG Park on Friday, November 5, 2021, before the deadly crowd surge. Amy Harris/AP

As a result of the incident, Paredes “suffered severe bodily injuries” that “had a serious effect on the Plaintiff’s health and well-being,” the lawsuit said.

“Some of the effects are permanent and will abide with the Plaintiff for a long time into the future, if not for his entire life,” the suit said. The suit did not provide details on the extent of injuries.

Paredes does not appear to be the only concertgoer suing over the incident. Civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump said Sunday that he has filed a lawsuit on behalf of 21-year-old Noah Gutierrez, and expects to file more for other alleged victims next week.

“We are hearing horrific accounts of the terror and helplessness people experienced — the horror of a crushing crowd and the awful trauma of watching people die while trying unsuccessfully to save them,” Crump said in a statement. Crump stated that he will pursue justice for those who suffered in the tragic, preventable incident. “

Victoria Albert

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Victoria Albert is a News Editor at CBS News. Reach her at victoria.albert@viacomcbs.com

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