Over 100 lawsuits have since been filed against Travis. One of them is seeking $750 million in damages, and now, another one is looking for much more, which also targets Travis, Drake, and other organizers.
$2 Billion Lawsuit Filed
According to TMZ, a $2 billion lawsuit has been filed by Attorney, Thomas Henry. Henry is representing over 200 alleged victims, as they are seeking damages, for what they went through, on November 5. Travis, Drake, NRG Stadium, and others were among the names listed in this lawsuit.
Henry also cited how the organizers of the festival did not take into account, of how fans acted at the 2019 festival, when planning for a safe event, for 2021. The lawsuit states that “The Defendants stood to make an exorbitant amount of money of this event, yet they chose to cut corners, cut costs, and put the festival attendees at risk.” The fans were also said to have been “incited into a frenzy.”
Travis’ Attorney Responds To Latest Lawsuit
Edwin F. McPherson represents Travis, and has since gone on to respond to this massive lawsuit, in statements to TMZ. He believes there is too many “finger pointing,” and there are different things being said, from original claims.
“There has been multiple finger-pointing, much of which has been by city officials, who have sent inconsistent messages and have backtracked from original statements. Houston Police Chief Troy Finner was quoted in the New York Times as saying, ‘You cannot just close when you got 50,000 and over 50,000 individuals. We have to worry about rioting, riots, when you have a group that’s that young.’ Yet, just a short time later, Chief Finner states the responsibility to stop the show falls on Travis.”
Travis’ Attorney Emphasizes That The Rapper Couldn’t Stop The Festival
Attorney McPherson added that Travis didn’t have the power, to completely shut down the Astroworld performances, at the end of that night. He cited how the Operations Plan gave these responsibilities to the festival director, and executive producers. They are said to not have any affiliations with Travis’ team.
Travis also couldn’t see the fans who were pleading for help, to a man operating a camera. This cameraman is said to have been with a different company, and wasn’t affiliated with Travis and his team, either.
“It was reported that the Operations Plan designated that only the festival director and executive producers have authority to stop the show, neither of which is part of Travis’s crew. This also runs afoul of HPD’s own previous actions when it shut down the power and sound at this very festival when the performance ran over 5 minutes back in 2019. Investigations should start proceeding over finger-pointing so that together, we can identify exactly what transpired and how we can prevent anything like this from happening again.”
10th Victim Passed Away Last Weekend
The latest Astroworld Fest attendee who lost their life, was 9-year-old Ezra Blount. Ezra attended the concert with his father, Treston. The two stood near the back of the crowd of 50,000, but still unfortunately got caught in the middle of the chaos. Treston passed out, which resulted in Ezra falling from his shoulders, and getting trampled on. Brain and organ damage was suffered, which resulted in him being placed on a life support, as he was in a medically induced coma.