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Lawsuit against Travis Scott, Drake for “inciting a riot” at Astroworld

AUSTIN — An Austin native has filed a lawsuit against rappers Travis Scott and Drake and two Harris County event services after eight people were killed “trampled” and hundreds of others injured at Astroworld Festival 2021 over the weekend in Houston.

The lawsuit was filed by the Law Offices of Thomas J. Henry, who is representing Kristian Paredes, an Austin native who attended the event Friday night, who claims he suffered “severe bodily injuries” after the crowd became chaotic and a stampede began shortly after Scott’s performance began just after 9 p.m, the filed lawsuit said.

The show was called off shortly after a small group was heard shouting, “Stop the show!” when they realized a man was lying unresponsive and face-up on the ground.

“The injuries have had a serious effect on the Plaintiff’s health and well-being. 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 filed lawsuit said.

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Therefore, the victim is now seeking over $1 million in monetary relief and requesting a trial by jury.

According to the lawsuit, Paredes is suing Jacques Berman Webster, aka Travis Scott, and Aubrey Drake Graham, aka Drake, because they “were negligent for inciting a riot and violence.”

He is also suing Live Nation Entertainment, Inc., and the Harris County Sports & Convention Corporation, or better known as the NRG Stadium, for not providing security services, emergency medical services, and allowing the premises to become overcrowded despite Scott’s prior conduct with inciting mayhem at prior events.

Drake was a surprise guest performer who “helped incite the crowd” and continued to perform while the crowd grew out of control,” the lawsuit claims.

The first lawsuit was filed Sunday by a Harris County resident who also suffered serious injuries at the event.

“The occurrence herein was due to the negligence, carelessness, and recklessness of the defendants, their agents, servants and employees, in the ownership, management, maintenance, operation, supervision, and the control of the subject premises,” the plaintiff claims.

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The plaintiff recalled in the lawsuit that “many begged security guards hired by Live Nation Entertainment for help, but were ignored.”

The sold-out, third-annual Astroworld Festival drew a massive crowd of about 50,000 people outside the perimeter of NRG Park prior to gates opening Friday afternoon.

Houston authorities said at least eight people died Friday night and “scores of individuals” were injured.

MORE| 8 dead, numerous injured at Astroworld Festival in Houston

The 30-year-old rapper is working with authorities as they investigate the circumstances. He tweeted the day after the tragedy the following statement:

I’m absolutely devastated by what took place last night. 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. I am committed to working together with the Houston community to heal and support the families in need. Thank you to Houston PD, Fire Department and NRG Park for their immediate response and support. Love you all.

Written by Stephanie Becerra

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