Popular rappers Travis Scott and Drake have already been hit with lawsuits stemming from the deadly events that occurred at the Astroworld Festival in Houston on Friday, and according to at least one legal expert, criminal charges could yet also be on the horizon, as the U.S. Sun reports.
During the Nov. 5 music event at NRG Park, eight concertgoers died in what was being referred to as a “mass casualty” when a crowd of thousands began stampeding toward the performance stage as Scott performed, with those killed ranging in age from 14 to 27.
Now that the dust has begun to settle, attorneys for multiple victims have begun to step forward and announce the initiation of civil lawsuits against the two aforementioned performers, according to Fox News.
Attorney Thomas J. Henry filed suit over the weekend against Scott and Drake, whose actual names are Jacques Bernon Webster and Aubrey Drake Graham, respectively, doing so on behalf of a 23-year-old concert attendee who was left injured when the rap stars allegedly “incited the crowd” to stampede.
Henry issued a press release claiming that Drake as well as Scott continued on with their performances even after emergency vehicles made their way toward the crowd to assist injury victims and fans implored the musicians to stop the show immediately.
In another suit filed Saturday, Scott was named as a defendant, and the lawyer for concert attendee Manuel Souza accuses “the owners, operators, promoters, public relations representatives, and/or organizers of the concert and/or owners owner and operators of the premises” of engaging in “conscious disregard of the extreme risk of harm to concertgoers that had been escalating since hours earlier.”
The plaintiff’s attorney further asserted that “Travis Scott has a history of inciting violence and creating dangerous conditions for concertgoers. In fact, he tweeted that he would let the wild ones in after the show sold out. He and those who promoted and supported this concert must take responsibility for their heinous actions.”
Prominent personal injury attorney Ben Crump has also entered the fray, filing suit against a 21-year-old concertgoer and saying, “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.”
Costly civil liability may not be the only jeopardy in which Scott and Drake find themselves, with Pace University law professor Leslie Garfield Tenzer suggesting that misdemeanor charges of inciting a riot, disorderly conduct, or endangering the welfare of a minor could also issue, according to the Sun, and it seems all but certain that the quest for accountability in this tragic story will not be abandoned anytime soon.