HOUSTON — Travis Scott and Astroworld Festival organizers have been hit with a lawsuit over the tragedy that left eight people dead and dozens more injured.
In the wake of Friday night’s tragic mass casualty incident at the Astroworld Festival, the first known lawsuit came down less than 24 hours later.
“It’s tragic that this happened in our city,” attorney Ryan Macleod said.
He and Tommy Kherkher are part of the Kherkher Garcia Law Firm that's representing a 35-year-old concertgoer who was trampled.
“Our victim was crushed – plain and simple,” Kherkher said.
The lawsuit was filed on behalf of a man who is seeking more than $1 million in damages for what he calls "gross negligence."
The suit claims the "defendants failed to properly plan and conduct the concert in a safe manner."
“I’m hearing the word trapped. I’m hearing the words not being able to breathe. I’m hearing the word drowning,” Macleod said.
The lawsuit names 15 festival organizers as defendants, including Travis Scott himself. It claims the Houston rapper “encouraged a culture of violence” through social media posts and prior incidents at past concerts.
KHOU legal expert Carmen Roe said Scott's past events could play a major role in the lawsuit.
“We know that Travis Scott has been sued before for people getting injured at his concerts based on known risks that were presented to him and his team. He has a long history of this kind of conduct,” Roe said.
The lawyers also called the incident a "predictable and preventable tragedy."
“History repeats itself. And Travis Scott’s history tells a story,” Macleod said.