Travis Scott and Astroworld Organizers Face First Lawsuit After Festival Tragedy

A concertgoer is calling Friday’s tragedy at Astroworld Festival, "preventable and predictable." Manuel Souza is suing Travis Scott and Live Nation in a petition which was filed on Saturday in Harris County District Court, Billboard reports.


At around 9:15 p.m., a crowd tried to approach the stage, which resulted in 8 deaths and over 300 injuries. In a press conference held on Saturday, Houston Police Chief Troy Finner confirmed that his office is looking into reports that someone was injecting concertgoers with drugs at the festival.


Numerous reports have identified a majority of the victims: John Hilgert, a 14-year-old freshman at Memorial High School in Houston; Brianna Rodriguez, a 16-year-old junior at Heights High School in Houston; Franco Patino, a 21-year-old student at the University of Dayton from Naperville, Illinois; 23-year-old Rudy Pena; and Danish Baig, 27.


Organizer ScoreMore is also being sued by Souza. The lawsuit calls the tragedy a consequence of "a motivation for profit at the expense of concertgoers’ health and safety" and the "encouragement of violence."


"Defendants failed to properly plan and conduct the concert in a safe manner," according to Souza’s attorney, Steve Kherkher. "Instead, they consciously ignored the extreme risks of harm to concertgoers, and, in some cases actively encouraged and fomented dangerous behaviors."


On Sunday, Kylie Jenner released a statement addressing the incident. "Travis and I are broken and devastated. My thoughts and prayers are with all who lost their lives, were injured or affected in any way by yesterday’s events," she wrote on Instagram.


"And also for Travis who I know cares deeply for his fans and the Houston community, I want to make it clear we weren’t aware of any fatalities until the news came out after the show, and in no world would have continued filming or performing," she added.