Travis Scott’s help has been rejected.
The family of a young boy who died at the Astroworld tragedy earlier this month, Ezra Blount, 9, has refused Scott’s help, who offered to pay the child’s funeral bills.
Rejecting The Financial Help
In a new letter obtained by Rolling Stone, the family’s lawyer responded to Scott’s attorney regarding the proposal.
“Your client’s offer is declined. I have no doubt Mr. Scott feels remorse,” lawyer Bob Hilliard wrote. “His journey ahead will be painful. He must face and hopefully see that he bears some of the responsibility for this tragedy.”
According to the magazine, the rapper’s offer was sent to Hilliard and his co-counsel Ben Crump by Scott’s new lawyer, Daniel Petrocelli, on November 24.
Scott Felt ‘Devastated’
In his letter, Petrocelli noted that the musician was “devastated by the tragedy that occurred at the Astroworld Festival and grieves for the families whose loved ones died or were injured. Travis is committed to doing his part to help the families who have suffered and begin the long process of healing in the Houston community. Toward that end, Travis would like to pay for the funeral expenses for Mr. Blount’s son.”
Scott’s lawyer also claimed in his letter that accepting the rapper’s offer would “have no effect” on the lawsuit filed by Ezra’s dad, Treston Blount, against Scott and others.
“There may be, and I hope there is, redemption and growth for him on the other side of what this painful process will be — and perhaps one day, once time allows some healing for the victims and acceptance of responsibility by Mr. Scott and others, Treston and Mr. Scott might meet, as there is also healing in that,” Hilliard wrote in his response.
He continued, “To lose a child in the manner Treston lost Ezra compounds the pain. As a parent, Treston cannot help but agonize over the terrible idea that Ezra’s last minutes were filled with terror, suffering, suffocation and worst of all surrounded by strangers, his dad unconscious underneath the uncontrolled crowd.”
Firm On Their Decision
In a statement, Hilliard said Scott’s camp previously reached out to Crump in hopes of setting up an in-person meeting.
“We were pretty firm. With all due respect, no. This isn’t a photo-op story here. This is a ‘who’s responsible and why’ type of investigation. And he’s on the short list,” Hilliard told Rolling Stone of Scott.
The Tragic Event
Ezra was on his dad’s shoulders during the tragic event on November 5 in Houston, Texas. They were trapped in the deadly crowd surge that claimed the lives of 10 people, as per the grandparents’ statement.
“Everyone was pushing. It was so tight with no exits. His dad couldn’t breathe at all and passed out,” Ezra’s grandmother Tericia Blount said. “We don’t really know what happened to Ezra after that.”
The family later found Ezra at a nearby hospital. He was in a medically induced coma for days and later died of irreversible organ failure on November 14. He was laid to rest on November 23 at a funeral in Texas.