Paying homage to the demons during what many believe was a satanic ritual has backfired.
Rapper Travis Scott and Astroworld organizers are now facing billions of dollars in damages following the concert that claimed the lives of 10 people and injured hundreds.
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Scott is being sued for $2 billion in one of several lawsuits waged against the performer who continued to sing as he watched his fans fall to the ground and get trampled.
On Thursday, San Antonio-based attorney Thomas Henry filed a massive $2 billion lawsuit on behalf of 300 victims that were injured during the show that left 10 people dead.
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Rapper Drake, Apple Music, Live Nation and Houston’s NRG Stadium are also named in the lawsuit.
“The defendants stood to make an exorbitant amount of money off this event, and they still chose to cut corners, cut costs, and put attendees at risk,” said Henry in a Thursday news release. “My clients want to ensure the defendants are held responsible for their actions, and they want to send the message to all performers, event organizers, and promoters that what happened at Astroworld cannot happen again.”
“They have injuries ranging from heart attacks to heart issues, to brain injuries, to spinal injuries, to broken bones, broken legs, eye injuries, internal organ injuries, bruising and bleeding,” Henry said, adding victims also suffered emotionally. “Those who were injured are still very traumatized because they had to step over dead bodies. They didn’t have a choice because there was nowhere to move. These people were trapped. The crushing effect was so heavy and hard. They couldn’t breathe. They couldn’t get out.”
Henry will likely file a suit on behalf of another 120 victims who have contacted his firm seeking representation for injuries and damages, according to the release.
On Tuesday, Houston attorney Tony Buzzbee filed a $750 million class-action lawsuit against Scott and Drake on behalf of 21-year-old Axel Acosta, who died during the Nov. 5 concert, and 125 concert attendees. Live Nation, Epic Records, Apple Music and other parties associated with the festival are also named in the complaint.
Buzzbee plans to file a suit on behalf of another 100 concertgoers.
Civil rights attorney Ben Crump filed a civil lawsuit on behalf of 9-year-old Ezra Blount, who died eight days after losing consciousness during the concert, and 200 victims who suffered mentally and physically.
Scott maintains that he would have stopped the show if he was aware people were fainting and dying, despite watching it happen as he continued to perform.
Another video uploaded on social media that has garnered hundreds of views shows man fainting at the event as Scott continues to sing.#astroworldfestival #ASTROWORLDFest #TravisScott #Houston pic.twitter.com/paO0NfQNH4
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Yet, Astroworld organizers also displayed a flagrant disregard for human life.
According to Astroworld’s contingency and operation plan, the staff was instructed to refer to those who die during the concert as “Smurfs,” borrowing from the blue animated children’s characters.
Security responding to fatalities must “notify Event Control of a suspected deceased victim utilizing the code ‘Smurf,” states the 56-page operational safety plan obtained by CNN.
On the tragic night of the show, eight victims were pronounced dead. The ninth, 22-year old Bharti Shahani, a senior at Texas A&M University, died on Nov. 10 after clinging to life for five days following Scott’s performance.
The tenth victim, 9-year old Blount died on Nov. 14, succumbing to injuries after being trampled by the surging crowd and suffocating.
As the Gateway Pundit reported, Astroworld attendees left the concert warning the show “was demonic.”
“It just felt like we [were] like, literally, like in f***ing hell, bro. It felt like we [were] in a concert in hell. You couldn’t breathe. You couldn’t see. Just imagine all the people they are going to find tonight who [were] in that crowd who nobody could see, who nobody could hear who passed out. And everybody was just trampling on top of them in the whole f***ing concert,” one concertgoer said.
“It was so many bodies who [were] laid out. People were getting pulled out who was fainted. The managers were trying to give them CPR and they were flipping them over and they were literally turning black and blue. [I’ve never seen death] in my f***ing life bro,” he continued. “That was demonic shit. What was so crazy – people were screaming, ‘Help!’ trying to tell Travis Scott. The whole crowd was going, ‘Help! Help!’ and he just kept going, bro. It was scary – it was so demonic.”