Travis Scott, Astroworld Face Lawsuits In Stampede Tragedy
Eight are dead after a Travis Scott concert went awry. Now, everyone is looking for the parties responsible for the tragedy. Anyone with any influence over the events in question has been named in a lawsuit representing the concertgoers and the families of those who were slain during the event. According to concertgoers, the crowd was packed so tightly that those at the front of the stage were crushed to the point of not being able to breathe.
Details of injuries were coming in as Scott continued to perform. The concert went on for 40 minutes after the first injuries were reported. In fact, the concert continued to go on even after it had been declared a “mass casualty event.” At some point, Scott stopped the concert in apparent confusion as an ambulance pulled up, but then continued to perform. Not long after that, the concert was halted altogether.
In a statement, Scott told the press that he was devastated, and his people are reaching out to the families right now to provide any support they can offer. Scott said that he was not aware that injuries were occurring while he was performing. Organizers have been criticized for continuing the concert even after several injuries were reported and a “mass casualty event” was declared.
Is Travis Scott to blame for this?
Injuries at Travis Scott concerts are not unusual. According to personal injury attorneys, Scott actively encourages his fans to “rage” at concerts resulting in some folks getting their blood up and losing control. Attorneys claim that this creates an intrinsically dangerous environment for concertgoers and that organizers should have provided more security or something to prevent the tragedy.
Does the First Amendment protect Scott from lawsuits?
The First Amendment allows you to do a lot of things, but not as many as you may think, and the scope of the amendment only applies to the government. Nonetheless, you can’t sue someone whose music is so good that you end up getting too fired up during one of their concerts that you start committing random acts of violence. Lawsuits like these against musicians for undue influence have typically been relegated to the Satanic Panic sector of society. Such lawsuits have alleged that teens have been inspired to sacrifice their classmates, kill themselves, or other allegations.
Echoes of Altamont
Can we find a similar lawsuit from history that will provide clarification on whether or not Scott is liable? The answer is, of course, yes. An event so memorable it was commemorated in American Pie by Don McLean involved allegations of brutality and a stabbing committed by the Hells Angels who were tasked with performing security. The Stones themselves were sued for $500,000 but settled the lawsuit for $10,000. In that case, however, Mick Jagger was heavily involved in the planning of the event. It is unclear that similar accusations can be made against Travis Scott. Nonetheless, cultural accusations concerning the violence of Scott concerts may not prove to be legal allegations for the purposes of tort lawsuits.
Talk to a Tampa Personal Injury Attorney
The Tampa personal injury attorneys at The Matassini Law Firm have years of litigation experience to help you sue Travis Scott or any other large-scale defendant. Call today to schedule a free consultation and discuss your situation in more detail.