December 7, 2021

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Travis Scott, Drake, Apple And Live Nation Hit With New $2 Billion Astroworld Lawsuit

282 plaintiffs tied to the catastrophic Astroworld incident in Houston have filed a vast new lawsuit demanding $2 billion in damages from Travis Scott, Drake, Live Nation, Apple, and other parties.

The case was filed on behalf of the victims of the tragedy, which claimed the lives of ten individuals.

The new complaint from attorney Thomas J. Henry is the latest incarnation of a rapidly expanding case that has grown dramatically since it was initially filed on behalf of a single concertgoer, Kristian Paredes, on Nov. 8, according to court documents.

According to Henry, “despite the fact that they stood to gain an enormous amount of money from this event, the defendants opted to cut shortcuts, save expenses, and endanger the safety of guests.”

‘My clients want to make certain that the defendants are held accountable for their acts, and they also want to send a message to other musicians, event organisers, and promoters that what happened at Astroworld will never happen again.’

Specifically, the multimillion-dollar acquisition, advertising, and deployment of Apple’s exclusive internet streaming rights were said to have played a crucial part in the crowd-control debacle.

As stated in the complaint, “early findings from the investigation into the Astroworld incident suggest that the premises were constructed in a manner that best supported Apple’s internet broadcast of the show at the expense of concertgoer safety.”

In the papers, it is claimed that Apple Music has “cameras, camera stands, cameramen, and metal barriers encircling each of the buildings; these cameras effectively partitioned the premises both horizontally and vertically by the metal barricades.”

According to the report, “the positioning of streaming cameras for Apple Music’s broadcast significantly constrained many concertgoers’ ways of egress; this risky circumstance would definitely hinder folks from dispersing.”

In response to a request for comment on the complaint, Apple did not immediately react on Thursday.

On Tuesday, attorney Tony Buzbee filed a second complaint on behalf of 125 plaintiffs against Scott, Drake, Apple, Live Nation, and others, demanding at least $750 million in damages from the defendants.

In an interview with Rolling Stone, Buzbee stated that the defendants “ignored” a number of red signals and should be held accountable. The question is raised:

“How can you sue Apple TV, the record labels, and all these other peripheral entities?” says Tony. Well, I’d say they tossed their hat into the ring with this. This was something that they were supporting and encouraging, and they were making money off of it,” he claimed. “It’s all about making money above people.” People aren’t paid if the show doesn’t go on,” says the producer.

In his words, no one was “incentivized to halt this event,” from the permission procedure all the way through the final song sung onstage, because there was so much money involved.

“I assure you that if the audience had assaulted the stage or interfered with the performers themselves, oh my gosh, they would have summoned every police officer within a hundred miles,” he continued.

“But, as long as the artists were not in any danger, who gave a rat’s behind about the folks in the audience, I assume, was the attitude. That just cannot be the case,” he asserted.

After learning that admirers had died in the audience during Scott’s concert at NRG Park, the musician, whose real name is Jacques Webster, wrote on Twitter that he was “very saddened.”

He went on to say that he “could just never comprehend the seriousness of the situation” when he was performing in a video statement uploaded on Instagram.

Drake himself described the event as a “devastating catastrophe” in an Instagram post.

In his post, Drake said, “I despise having to use this platform to communicate an emotion as delicate as loss, yet I find myself in this position. I’m heartbroken for the relatives and friends of those who have lost their lives, and I’m heartbroken for everyone who is experiencing hardship. I will continue to pray for each and every one of them, and I will be of assistance in any manner I can. May God bless each and every one of you.”

A slew of other Astroworld lawsuits have been filed in Harris County District Court in Houston, including one by the father of Ezra Blount, the 9-year-old boy who was trampled during the concert and remained in a coma for several days before passing away on Sunday at a children’s hospital in Houston.

Rolling Stone said that Buzbee anticipates the different lawsuits to be brought together in one Houston courtroom under the supervision of a judge chosen by the Supreme Court of Texas, most likely within the next 60 days.

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