Problems continue to pile up for everyone concerned when it comes to the Astroworld festival disaster in Houston back on November 5.
Ten people have now died as a result of the crowd crush. Some 300 were injured. The Houston PD has launched a criminal investigation headed up by the homicide division. They’re going through all the CCTV footage and examining all the evidence on the ground. Nothing can happen at the venue until they’re finished.
Then there’s the civil litigation.
First, more than 110 people have filed various lawsuits citing negligence and unsafe conditions. Then a Houston lawyer launched a class-action suit on behalf of 125 people, asking for $750 million, including compensatory damages. Travis Scott, who was onstage at the time of the carnage is the main target along with Live Nation (the promoter), Drake (who was with Scott for part of his set), NRG Stadium (the venue), and Apple (which was live-streaming the event).
And there’s more. A complaint filed yesterday (November 18) in a Houston court amended a very early lawsuit that was filed shortly after November 5. The new version features 282 plaintiffs and is demanding US$2 billion.
The suit, led by lawyer Tomas J. Henry, is talking to another 120 potential plaintiffs. If they come on board, it’s possible that the complaint will be amended again to ask for even more money.
I quote Henry’s statement: “The defendants stood to make an exorbitant amount of money off of this event, and they still chose to cut corners, cut costs, and put attendees at risk.”
It’s interesting that Apple is included, given that the company had nothing to do with the show other than to live-stream it. Their lawyers will certainly argue that they shouldn’t be included in any suit. But because Apple has the deepest pockets of any company in the world–the company is now worth US$2.5 trillion–it was inevitable that they’d be targeted.
And we’re not done yet. More lawsuits are expected.
Meanwhile, Travis Scott’s appearance at the Day N Vegas Festival this weekend.