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Travis Scott and Drake sued over deadly crowd surge at Astroworld music festival

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A male who attended the Houston songs festival in which at minimum 8 persons were being killed has submitted a civil lawsuit from Travis Scott and Drake, blaming the rappers for negligently inciting “a riot and violence,” according to the lawsuit. The lawsuit, which seeks $1 million in damages, also statements the venue and amusement firm Are living Nation failed to provide ample security and medical providers at the Astroworld competition. 

The crowd surge happened during Scott’s performance on Friday night time, when a crowd started off to “compress” towards the phase, Houston Fire Chief Samuel Peña reported early Saturday. 

“That triggered some worry, and it started producing some accidents,” Peña mentioned. At the very least 8 individuals, including two adolescents, have been killed and dozens had been hospitalized. 

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Visitors forged shadows at a memorial to the victims of the Astroworld live performance in Houston on Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021.

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The go well with alleges that Scott, who launched the festival in 2018, “experienced incited mayhem and chaos at prior functions,” and reported the other defendants did not just take methods to reduce that actions. It did not supply any illustrations of this sort of carry out. 

It also claims that Drake, who appeared as a surprise performer, “aided incite the group even even though he understood of [Scott’s] prior carry out,” and “continued to perform on stage when the group mayhem ongoing.” 

Scott declined to remark on the lawsuit. In a statement on Saturday, he mentioned he was “absolutely devastated by what took put.” Reps for Drake and Live Country did not instantly reply to CBS News’ request for comment. 

The lawsuit reported plaintiff Kristian Paredes was standing at the entrance of the basic admission area at the time, in the vicinity of a steel barrier separating the VIP portion from the rest of the crowd. When Scott started carrying out, Paredes “felt an speedy push” just before “the group became chaotic and a stampede commenced,” the lawsuit explained.  

“A lot of begged protection guards hired by Dwell Country Amusement for support, but ended up dismissed,” the lawsuit added.   

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Travis Scott performs at Working day 1 of the Astroworld Tunes Pageant at NRG Park on Friday, November 5, 2021, right before the fatal group surge. 

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As a outcome of the incident, Paredes “suffered intense bodily accidents” that “had a significant result on the Plaintiff’s health and fitness and properly-becoming,” the lawsuit mentioned.  

“Some of the results are long lasting and will abide with the Plaintiff for a extended time into the foreseeable future, if not for his overall lifestyle,” the match reported. It did provide any details about the mother nature of the injuries.  

Paredes does not look to be the only concertgoer suing above the incident. Civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump claimed Sunday that he has submitted a lawsuit on behalf of 21-yr-outdated Noah Gutierrez, and expects to file much more for other alleged victims up coming 7 days. 

“We are hearing horrific accounts of the terror and helplessness individuals knowledgeable — the horror of a crushing group and the terrible trauma of seeing people die although striving unsuccessfully to conserve them,” Crump stated in a assertion. “We will be pursuing justice for all our customers who had been harmed in this tragic and preventable celebration.”

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