Travis Scott is currently the subject of hundreds of lawsuits in connection with the deadly 2021 Astroworld Festival. Some lawyers who have examined the case believe that it will be difficult to prove that the Houston rapper is at fault.
To date, it is reported that more than $ 3 billion in lawsuits have been brought against Travis, Live Nation and other parties affiliated with the catastrophic show. “I think it would be an exaggeration to put this [Travis Scott]”Nick Rozansky, attorney for Brutzkus Gubner Rozansky Seror & Weber, who is not affiliated with the case, told Yahoo Finance in a story published Nov. 19.
Early Sullivan Wright Gizer & McRae attorney Bryan Sullivan also agreed with that assessment, specifically in the $ 750 million lawsuit recently filed by Houston attorney Tony Buzbee on behalf of 125 victims. Sullivan, who is also not affiliated with the case, believes that proving that Travis is responsible will be difficult in court because a plaintiff would have to prove that Travis directly incited the violence. Therefore, things like past behavior and lyrical content “are not enough” to face the courts. “You can be a very violent person in an area where there was a fight, but not have thrown a punch,” Sullivan said. “The law requires you to engage in specific conduct that led to the incidents … What did you do at Astroworld that night? That is the question the courts will be asking.”
Sullivan concluded that Travis “will likely be removed from the case” until further damning evidence comes to light.
While Travis may not see a big hit in his pockets from the lawsuits, Rozansky believes Travis may have a hard time getting booked in the future without many stipulations. Instead of the venue or entertainment company paying the bill for extra security and special insurance, “all of those costs would be reassigned to Travis,” according to Rozansky.
In the wake of the tragic festival, which claimed 10 lives when a large portion of the 50,000 people present came forward crushing dozens, Travis and his team have been doing their best to address the situation. The rapper has reimbursed paid attendees in addition to paying for funerals for the deceased. He is also offering to pay for therapy for those who experienced the disaster.
The investigation into who is to blame is still ongoing. Houston Fire Chief Samuel Pena has come out and said Travis should have stopped the show once he saw the massive disruption from the crowd. The rapper’s representatives have responded that Travis had no authority to terminate the show. Public Enemy’s Chuck D recently came out in defense of Travis, saying the blame for the disaster shouldn’t fall on the rapper.
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