The number of lawsuits filed against Travis Scott and other Astroworld Festival organizers has continued to increase.
After eight people were killed and hundreds more were injured as a result of stampeding crowds during his performance last Friday night at his Astroworld Festival in Houston, the legal floodgates were opened. And according to Billboard, as of Wednesday morning, November 10, 46 lawsuits have been filed against the rapper and the festival’s organizers.
Many of the lawsuits allege that Scott, Live Nation, Drake, and other defendants were negligent and failed to properly plan and execute Astroworld Festival, and also failed to stop the concert until nearly 40 minutes after Houston PD declared a “mass casualty incident.”
The cases began to be filed in Harris County District Court within hours of the incident, with more flooding in on Monday, according to Billboard.
Another batch of seven cases was filed Wednesday morning, and many more are expected to follow in the coming days.
Experts have told Billboard that the litigation over the deadly event could ultimately see hundreds of individual claims, and that potential damages or settlements could reach hundreds of millions of dollars.
On Tuesday, the family of a nine-year-old boy who sustained ‘life-threatening’ injuries filed a lawsuit against the rapper.
Attorney Ben Crump, who alongside co-counsel Alex and Bob Hilliard has been retained by the boy’s parents and other Astroworld victims, confirmed on Tuesday that the child, named Ezra Blount, was currently in hospital.
The lawyers have also filed a lawsuit as the child remains ‘on life support after suffering severe damage to his liver, kidney, and brain’.
It is claimed by the legal team that ‘the injuries will impair his quality of life’ and his ‘ability to grow and thrive’.
The lawsuit lays the blame for the child’s injuries squarely on Scott, Live Nation and several other entities, claiming that they ‘egregiously failed in their duty to protect the health, safety and lives” of all concertgoers.’
In an earlier message on Twitter, Crump stated: ‘EB sustained life-threatening injuries and is currently hospitalized, in a medically-induced coma’.
He continued: ‘The suffering that this family is going through is immeasurable. This little boy had his whole life ahead of him – a life that is currently hanging in the balance because of the reckless mismanagement that ensued at the Astroworld Festival.
‘We ask everyone to send up the most powerful prayers they can as this family tries to grapple with the undoable damage that has been done to their son. We demand justice for EB, his family, and all of our clients that left Astroworld with trauma.’