That’s two billion with a “B”. That’s right, $2 billion in damages is what the plaintiffs in the Astroworld stampede are suing for. Over 9 people have died from this incident, held in Houston at the Astroworld festival. The event is owned by well known artists Travis Scott, Live Nation, and Apple. Plaintiffs state that if action like these are taken, people will put more safety into festivals in the future. All of the concertgoers who died were between the ages 9 and 27.
The suit accuses Apple’s cameras, camera stands, and the metal barriers surrounding them of limiting the “means of exit” for a lot of people by splitting the venue “both horizontally and vertically.” Texas attorney Thomas J. Henry filed this lawsuit on Thursday on behalf of 280 victims of the Astroworld Festival.
The defendants include the headliner, rapper, Travis Scott, rapper Drake, Live Nation, NRG Stadium, Apple Inc., Scott’s Cactus Jack record label, and more. The lawsuit accuses the defendants of gross negligence. Gross negligence- a severe breach of duty as to constitute recklessness, wanton endangerment of others, maliciousness, fraud or intent to harm.
“Over the last week, Travis Scott and his team have been actively exploring routes of connection with each and every family affected by the tragedy through the appropriate liaisons,” a statement read.
“He is distraught by the situation and desperately wishes to share his condolences and provide aid to them as soon as possible, but wants to remain respectful of each family’s wishes on how they’d best like to be connected.”