Texas lawyer Thomas J. Henry filed a large lawsuit on Thursday on behalf of 280 victims of the Astroworld Pageant, which left 10 folks lifeless and injured lots of extra.
The civil lawsuit was filed by Henry’s regulation agency on Thursday in Harris County, Texas and seeks as much as $2 billion in damages. The defendants embrace rappers Travis Scott and Drake, Reside Nation, NRG Stadium, Apple Inc., Scott’s Cactus Jack document label, and extra.
In accordance with Henry, one other 120 victims have contacted his agency searching for illustration for damages brought on by attending the live performance.
The lawsuit, obtained by Fox Information, refers to Astroworld as “one of many deadliest crowd-control disasters at a live performance in the US.”
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On behalf of 280 plaintiffs, Henry claims that the reported crowd surge, which brought about many within the crowd to be “trampled, trapped and crushed,” might have been prevented. The lawsuit accuses the defendants of gross negligence.
“The Defendants stood to make an exorbitant sum of money of this occasion, but they selected to chop corners, reduce prices, and put the competition attendees in danger. Plaintiffs collectively herein deliver this lawsuit searching for damages to not exceed $2 billion,” the lawsuit states.
The submitting goes on to say that the victims have “suffered extreme bodily accidents” which have “had a critical impact on the Plaintiffs’ well being and well-being.”
The court docket papers additionally declare plaintiffs are searching for aid for various issues, together with ache and struggling, medical bills, bodily impairment and disfigurement, and lack of earnings.
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“My shoppers wish to make sure the defendants are held liable for their actions, and so they wish to ship the message to all performers, occasion organizers, and promoters that what occurred at Astroworld can’t occur once more,” Henry said.
Fox Information has reached out to the plaintiffs for remark.
The $2 billion lawsuit comes simply days after one other $750 million criticism was filed in a Houston Civil Courtroom by high-powered lawyer Tony Buzbee on behalf of greater than 125 followers – together with the household of one of many deceased. That lawsuit alleges Scott and present organizers had been negligent of their planning of the competition, which left 10 lifeless, together with a 9-year-old boy.
The entire concertgoers who died had been between ages 9 and 27.
County Decide Lina Hidalgo — the highest elected official in Harris County, which incorporates Houston — had beforehand proposed a third-party probe that might have a look at the planning and execution of crowd management ways on the competition, based and headlined by the rap famous person.
The Harris County administrator will work with different metropolis and county entities to evaluate safety, hearth and different security plans on the county-owned NRG Park, the place the competition was held.
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Simply final week, private damage lawyer Ben Crump additionally introduced a lawsuit on behalf of greater than 100 Astroworld attendees – and described the harrowing ordeal on the sold-out competition of fifty,000 folks as “a failure of epic proportions.”
Final week, a rep for Scott advised Fox Information in a press release that he’s nonetheless “actively exploring routes of connection” with households affected by the tragedy.
“Over the past week, Travis Scott and his crew have been actively exploring routes of reference to every household affected by the tragedy by the suitable liaisons,” the assertion learn.
“He’s distraught by the state of affairs and desperately needs to share his condolences and supply help to them as quickly as potential, however needs to stay respectful of every household’s needs on how they’d greatest wish to be related,” it continued.
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“To these households who want to attain out on to his crew, please ship an e mail to the beneath deal with the place we can have a crew readily available to help,” the assertion famous earlier than including the deal with, [email protected]
Fox Information’ Julius Younger contributed to this report.