At The Astroworld Festival, Which Killed At Least 8 People, Travis Scott And Drake Are Being Sued For Negligence And “Encouragement Of Violence”
Following the catastrophe, eight people died and four individuals filed lawsuits claiming they were injured at the Astroworld Festival.
All three claims list Travis Scott, who produced and headlined the event, as a defendant.
At least eight people, ranging in age from 14 to 27, perished at the event, and 13 others are said to be hospitalized with critical injuries.
The sequence of events that resulted in the fatalities is still unknown, but video recordings and eye witness accounts indicate that fans were being crushed in the tightly packed area as concertgoers rushed toward the stage during Scott’s performance.
The first to sue in the aftermath of the “mass-casualty” event that occurred on Friday night was Manuel Souza, who claimed he had been injured during the mayhem.
In the complaint Souza accused Scott, ScoreMore, and Live Nation — the concert company that organized the event — of fraud.
According to the complaint, the festival organizers flagrantly disregarded potential hazard signals, including a detachable platform that suddenly fell into place for no apparent reason.
According to Souza, numerous witness videos that were released on social media during the weekend depict concertgoers “breaking a security fence around the park, rushing into the grounds, and trampling over one another” early in the day.
The lawsuit claims that the event’s organizers should have stopped the show and pulled it from the air after seeing how severely injured people were being treated.
According to the complaint, those in charge of the event were aware of “the extreme risk of damage to concertgoers that was increasing by the minute,” and they “made a deliberate decision to let the show continue.”
The lawsuit claims that after the actors decided to continue performing, the situation gradually worsened into a full brawl that resulted in at least eight deaths and numerous injuries.
According to Souza’s lawsuit, the tragic event was a direct result of “a profit-driven motive at the expense of concertgoers’ health and safety” as well as “encouragement of violence” by Scott himself.
The organizers are being sued for negligence and gross negligence, with Souza demanding at least $1 million in compensation. In addition, he is seeking a temporary restraining order against the event’s organizers to ensure that any evidence is not destroyed.
Following Souza’s lawsuit, additional victims of the concert accident have come forward, with attorney Ben Crump announcing on Monday that he is representing others.
Kristian Paredes and Patrick Stennis, like Souza, are suing Live Nation and ScoreMore for negligence.
Paredes’s lawsuit, however, alleges that musician Drake, who performed at the event, “came on stage alongside Travis Scott and assisted in creating a frenzy.”
Paredes’ lawsuit appears to lay blame on the performers by alleging that they “either were aware or should’ve been aware of the crowd’s response and had it.”
According to the lawsuit, organizers of the event should have considered Scott’s reputation for permitting and encouraging misbehavior when planning the music festival.
Scott has built a reputation for hosting notoriously wild live concerts at which concertgoers are encouraged to “rage” in the crowd and participate in mosh pits and crowd-surfing.
After the events of Friday, many have observed that Scott’s song lyrics “encourage violence and injury at his shows.” In “Stargazing,” a 2018 track, Scot rhymes, “And it isn’t a mosh pit without any injuries / I’m leaping them out the nosebleeds.”
The song’s title is a direct quote from one of the lines in the song. The lyrics are apparently a reference to an event that occurred in 2017, when Scott appeared to encourage a fan to leap off a balcony at his show in New York.
An attorney for a man who was left partially paralyzed after attending a Travis Scott concert in the same year argued that the events on Saturday at Astroworld were tragic, but not unexpected, given Scott’s history of inciting mayhem at his concerts.
Scott has previously been held accountable for his live performances, with him pleading guilty to misdemeanor charges on two occasions owing to them.
In 2015, after he reportedly encouraged fans to climb over security barriers and stage on the Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago, Scott pled guilty to charges of reckless conduct.
According to the AP, he was accused of inciting a riot at a performance in Arkansas after urging fans to push past security two years later. As a consequence, he was charged with disorderly conduct.
In fact, this event was depicted in Scott’s 2019 Netflix film Look Mom I Can Fly, which chronicled the events that led up to his arrest and subsequent release from jail.
Scott can be heard apologizing to people who were harmed during his event on his way home from jail, stating that he felt terrible about “kids getting hurt and stuff.”
The Netflix film, on the other hand, goes on to directly respond to Scott’s live performances’ chaotic nature. A member of Scott’s crew can be seen telling venue employees and security that they should anticipate mayhem and injuries in the crowd before the Arkansas performance that resulted in his arrest.
“Kids push up against the front and spread all the way across it,” he continues. “Against the barrier, the pressure becomes quite severe.”
“You’re going to see a lot of crowd surfers, but you’ll also see a lot of youngsters who are just trying to get out and get to safety because they can’t breathe,” he continues.
‘I’m not sure,’ he says. ‘You won’t know how terrible it could be until we turn it on.’
During the film’s opening ten minutes, a montage from it depicts live performance footage, with one spectator describing his experience as “mental,” before stating that he “thought [he] was going to die” in the chaos.
In a statement released on Saturday, Governor Rick Scott said he was “totally devastated” by the events that occurred at Astroworld over the weekend. He also vowed to “heal and support the families in need.”
What Louis Tomlinson Thinks About A Possible One Direction Reunion
After breaking out in the media with hits such as “What Makes You Beautiful,” “Story Of My Life,” “Best Song Ever,” and more, 1D took the world by storm (via Digital Spy). However, in 2015, the boy band shocked their devoted followers when they announced that they will be taking a break. According to E! News, the group shocked their fans by announcing that they would go on hiatus in 2015. After Zayn Malik announced his intentions to leave 1D, the band decided to disband in order to focus on their own solo projects.
“They are great friends and fully support one another,” a source said of the group. “They are very aware that they are able to work on their own stuff as well as remain together. This is an exciting time for them creatively and as a group.” However, it appears that at least one member of One Direction was in opposition to the split.
Before the break, Tomlinson told The Guardian that he was feeling optimistic about the band. “In the last year of One Direction, I was probably the most confident I ever was,” he said. “And then it was: ‘OK, hiatus!'” He acknowledged that he struggled against it, but ultimately lost.
Since then, One Direction has yet to record any new music. The group’s future, on the other hand, appears promising.
Did Louis Tomlinson hint at a possible 1D reunion?
According to Cheat Sheet, since announcing the group’s hiatus in 2015, One Direction members have been working on their solo careers and other activities like beginning families. Louis Tomlinson recently spoke out about a possible reunion and left fans wondering if there could be hope for the group in the future, despite Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Liam Payne, and Zayn Malik all remaining quiet on the subject of a reunion.
In 2021, Tomlinson took part in the WIRED Google autocomplete challenge, answering queries about himself that fans most search for on the internet. He went through his tattoos, color of his hair, eye color, and more before finally getting to One Direction. When asked about the group he replied, “Good time in my life. Hopefully, we come back.” The return of an iconic logo inspired fans to believe that perhaps, just maybe, the band was reuniting. Fans also noticed that when Tomlinson referred to 1D as the band he “is” in before correcting himself to say “was,” he made a minor slip of the tongue.
Could Harry’s comments be hinting at a One Direction reunion? Despite the fact that it appears improbable for now, fans have not stopped hoping for the group to reunite and create new music in the future.
This Is How Elton John Got His Name
Elton John is one of the most famous names in modern music, with his distinctive appearance and voice, as well as instantly-recognizable songs. It’s difficult to find many individuals who haven’t heard Elton John, better known as “The Rocketman,” thanks to his signature song of the same name. In fact, the Elton John biopic film released in 2019 was called “Rocketman” because the word is so easily identifiable with John (via IMDb).
However, prior to his career as “The Rocketman” and even before he earned the moniker “Elton John,” he was known by a different name. He actually went by his birth name, Reginald Kenneth Dwight, and dropped out of school at the age of 17 to pursue a music career (via Biography). He eventually changed his name because he was becoming more successful, however even the film documenting his life didn’t get his change of name right.
Elton John chose a new name on the fly
The film “Rocketman” tells audiences that Reginald Kenneth Dwight changed his name to Elton John after meeting John Lennon, the famous Beatle. Lennon, on the other hand, had nothing to do with how Elton John got his name. Another singer known as John also existed.
According to a 1991 interview with Rowan Atkinson, Reginald Dwight was a member of the group “Bluesology” and decided to go it alone, hence the name change. He said he chose the name Elton after a saxophone player in the group because he wanted to branch out on his own. In a 1990 interview conducted after the release of his CD box set entitled “To Be Continued…”
“I was in Bluesology, and we were coming back from a Long John Baldry gig somewhere, and we got a bus from London airport to London and someone said, ‘We’ve made it now, so what are you going to call yourself?'” John said (via The Wrap). “The saxophone player in the band was called Elton Dean, a very good jazz sax player, and the only other Elton I could think of was Elton Hayes, who recorded the song ‘The Owl and the Pussycat.’ So I took ‘Elton’ from Elton Dean and ‘John’ from Long John Baldry. I wanted to choose a name that nobody had, and it was as quick as that.”
Fans Think Britney Spears Is Pregnant According to Them
When Britney Spears updated her Instagram Story, she may have started a rumour about herself. The singer and her partner Sam Asghari are relaxing on Maui, Hawaii at present. While posing for photos with her adoring public, Spears revealed that lately she hasn’t felt too well (via Fox News).
“I think I have a small bug … the only thing that is similar to this feeling is when I was pregnant…” the star wrote as a caption to the clip. She continued, “it’s the nausea that is the worst … It’s like I can’t wake up so I go to the gym trying to wake my system up !!!”
Spears continued her post by writing, “It’s like clockwork … I break my first sweat then I go to the bathroom and throw up… it’s absolutely horrible but then I stay at the gym because I don’t want to go home and lay sick in bed …. I keep going and [at] night I go dancing and my system starts to get clarity … Dude … this has been going on for a month and if someone has this you’re not alone !!!”
Following her return to Instagram, fans immediately started speculating about whether she is expecting again, with one user writing, “She’s pregnant again.” “Awwww baby on the way.” “Morning sickness my dear,” echoed another fan.
More Spears fans were reacting to her tweet about pregnancy on Twitter.
She has confirmed that she wants to conceive again
The celebrity’s message about being sick for a month caused Twitter to go wild. “Britney girl…your nausea has lasted for a month and the only other time you felt like this was when you were pregnant???? who’s gonna tell her?” asked one fan. “I think it’s time to get a pregnancy test PLS,” someone else tweeted.
The rumor mill was still in operation, with another individual adding, “Girls Britney is pregnant. Throwing up every morning for a month…. And she even said herself she’s never felt like this except when pregnant….”
Although she enjoyed her first title, Spears is still determined to have another kid. As the whole world heard during her conservatorship hearing as she tried to terminate it, Spears, who is a mother of two adolescent sons, wants to conceive another child. “I want to be able to get married and have a baby. I was told right now in the conservatorship, I’m not able to get married or have a baby. I have an IUD inside of myself right now so I don’t get pregnant,” the pop star testified. “I wanted to take the IUD out so I could start trying to have another baby. But this so-called team won’t let me go to the doctor to take it out because they don’t want me to have any more children,” she said (via Billboard).
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