Astroworld tragedy: Every little thing to know

One of the crucial high-profile investigations in leisure, Travis Scott’s Astroworld tragedy, will carry over into 2022 as investigators proceed to look into the lethal pageant and as lawsuits mount.

When Scott took the stage to shut out the 2021 Astroworld Music Competition, the gang was already densely full of followers seeking to get a glimpse of the headlining performer. Lots of them sneaked into the venue all through the day. Authorities have mentioned 50,000 individuals attended the occasion in Houston, Texas. Over 300 individuals had been handled at an on-site discipline hospital at NRG Park, and not less than 13 had been later hospitalized after the gang reportedly surged ahead. 

Many questions stay about how and why it occurred. 

The Houston health worker’s workplace introduced earlier this month that it had accomplished its investigation into the reason for loss of life of the victims. It decided that the victims died of “compression asphyxia,” in accordance with paperwork from the workplace obtained by Fox Information Digital.

All of the deaths had been dominated unintentional. Nonetheless, many nonetheless surprise if maybe these deaths may have been prevented and what, if any, culpability the “Sicko Mode” rapper has for not stopping the present.

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As questions mount coming into 2022 about what occurred at Astroworld and find out how to forestall comparable tragedies sooner or later, this is a refresher on the place the investigation stands.

Investigation

Travis Scott performs on the 2021 Astroworld Music Competition. 
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Virtually instantly, Travis Scott’s reported relationship with the town of Houston in addition to with Mayor Sylvester Turner and Police Chief Troy Finner raised questions concerning the impartiality of the principal physique investigating the Astroworld tragedy. 

The rapper, in addition to the Astroworld Competition, are staples within the Houston group. Scott, whose actual title is Jacques Bermon Webster, was born and raised in Houston and continues to have shut ties to the town. He usually makes use of his superstar standing to assist the Houston group.

He reportedly spent the times main as much as the 2021 Astroworld Competition doing charity work and asserting partnerships with native organizations to offer help to youths within the metropolis.

Finner has beforehand famous he’s a private buddy of Scott’s and spoke with him concerning the potential for hazard within the Astroworld crowd previous to the present. Finner later disputed the declare that he has a detailed relationship with Scott, stating they solely met twice previous to Astroworld.

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On Nov. 5, Houston Cops had been on the bottom at Astroworld with direct communication to first responders. Chief Finner famous throughout a press convention on the time that 528 officers had been current on the Astroworld Competition to complement the 755 safety officers that Reside Nation says had been current. 

A spokesperson for the Houston Police Division confirmed to Fox Information that a number of different officers had been moonlighting for the occasion to offer further safety. Consequently, any investigation into what occurred within the viewers or a breakdown amongst crowd management techniques comes with a point of the Houston Police Division investigating itself, resulting in objectivity questions. 

The Houston Police Division has not deemed it needed to herald outdoors investigators. The FBI confirmed to Fox Information Digital shortly after the tragedy that it had provided its help. Nonetheless, the police division has not taken the company up on its supply.

County Choose Lina Hidalgo — the highest elected official in Harris County, which incorporates Houston — had beforehand proposed a third-party probe that will take a look at the planning and execution of crowd management techniques on the pageant. Nonetheless, in November, Houston-area officers as an alternative opted to have a county administrator conduct a assessment together with different authorities entities. 

But it surely appears the federal authorities has stepped in to launch an investigation of its personal. The Home Oversight and Reform Committee not too long ago despatched a letter to Reside Nation Leisure Inc.’s president and CEO, Michael Rapino, asking for details about the corporate’s position within the music pageant. The committee appears to be specializing in the preparation in addition to execution of present security protocols at Astroworld 2021.

Civil Instances

Travis Scott has denied knowing that people were dying while he was performing at the 2021 Astroworld Music Festival.

Travis Scott has denied realizing that folks had been dying whereas he was performing on the 2021 Astroworld Music Competition.
(Rick Kern/Getty Pictures)

Days after the tragedy, lawsuits started pouring in over Astrowold accidents and deaths. Scott and Reside Nation had been all named in numerous lawsuits that cropped up all through the month of November. 

It didn’t take lengthy earlier than Scott and others had been going through lawsuits within the a whole lot. Lawyer Ben Crump introduced a lawsuit on behalf of greater than 100 victims per week after the incident, claiming all of them had been injured “mentally, bodily and psychologically” following the pageant. 

Within the first week of December, the Board of Judges of the Civil Trial Division of the Harris County District Courts in Houston granted a request by legal professional Brent Coon to have all pretrial issues – within the now greater than 300 lawsuits – dealt with by one choose. If any of the lawsuits go to trial, the case would return to its authentic court docket.

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All pretrial motions and points within the lawsuits will likely be heard by state District Choose Kristen Hawkins.

The youngest sufferer was 9-year-old Ezra Blount. The others who died ranged in age from 14 to 27, lots of whom had been named within the lawsuits. Some 300 individuals had been injured and handled on the pageant website and 25 had been taken to hospitals.

Coon, who’s representing about 2,000 concertgoers and is asking for $10 billion in damages, made his consolidation request final month. He mentioned that having all of the circumstances earlier than one choose will create effectivity, remove redundancy and unfold prices within the circumstances to everybody concerned within the litigation.

Scott’s attorneys filed his first response to the lawsuits in early December. The rapper denies the allegations towards him and is asking that the circumstances be dismissed.

Scott’s Response

Festivalgoers head into the VIP area prior to Travis Scott performing during day one of the Astroworld Music Festival at NRG Park on Friday, Nov. 5, 2021, in Houston.

Festivalgoers head into the VIP space previous to Travis Scott performing throughout day one of many Astroworld Music Competition at NRG Park on Friday, Nov. 5, 2021, in Houston.
(Amy Harris/Invision/AP, File)

Scott shortly confronted criticism for not stopping the live performance as individuals had been dying in his crowd. Nonetheless, each he and his longtime girlfriend Kylie Jenner have said publicly that he was utterly unaware of how dire the state of affairs within the crowd was from his vantage level on the stage. It wasn’t till he exited the stage that he was made conscious that folks had been injured or lifeless. 

Simply days after the tragedy befell, he introduced in a press launch that he was instantly attending to work to help the victims. He provided to pay for the funeral bills of everybody who died. As well as, he introduced a partnership with the remedy service BetterHelp, which offered free one-on-one on-line remedy with a licensed therapist to those that needed it after the live performance. He was additionally working intently with NAMI (Nationwide Alliance on Psychological Sickness), MHA Nationwide (Psychological Well being America), and MHA of Higher Houston to direct all these in must correct psychological well being companies.

The rapper broke his silence for the primary time in December in an almost one-hour-long interview with Charlamagne Tha God. As he had achieved by way of his representatives, Scott, 30, maintained that he didn’t know what was taking place till effectively after the live performance had ended. 

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“I didn’t know the precise particulars till minutes earlier than the press convention [after my set],” the rapper claimed. “And even at that second, you’re like, ‘Wait, what?’

“Individuals go out, issues occur at live shows, however one thing like that ….” 

Scott denied listening to any misery from the gang that will have prompted him to cease the present sooner.

“It’s so loopy as a result of I’m that artist too — anytime you may hear one thing like that, you wish to cease the present,” Scott mentioned. “You wish to be certain that followers get the correct consideration they want. Anytime I may see something like that, I did. I ended it a few occasions to simply be certain that all people was OK. And I actually simply go off the followers’ power as a collective — name and response. I simply didn’t hear that.”

Scott was additionally pressed on his fame for selling “raging,” noting that he tries to create an setting the place his followers can let free. Nonetheless, he says individuals belief the organizers of such occasions to make it secure. 

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“‘Raging’ … there’s not a textbook definition,” Scott steered. “However in live shows, we’ve grown it to be simply the expertise of enjoyable. It’s not about simply … hurt. It’s not about that. It’s about letting go and having enjoyable, assist others and love one another.”

Scott can be working with authorities and public security officers to determine pointers to make sure one other tragedy like Astroworld’s by no means occurs once more. 

Scott is utilizing his place within the business to deliver collectively key stakeholders from authorities, public security, emergency response, well being care, occasion administration, music and know-how to determine clear pointers that may be distributed to cities throughout the nation that can handle potential issues of safety.

The Related Press contributed to this report.

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