Lawsuits over Travis Scott’s deadly Astroworld music festival keep piling up, and on Wednesday the rapper and those behind the festival were hit with a complaint that is seeking $2 billion in damages.
Attorney Thomas J. Henry’s complaint filed in district court in Harris County, Texas, is an amendment to a previous suit, but it now represents 282 victims who say they attended the festival and hired Henry to represent them. And Henry adds that another 120 victims have also contacted his law firm seeking representation.
In addition to Travis Scott, Henry’s lawsuit names Drake, Apple Music, Scott’s Cactus Jack Productions, NRG Stadium and Live Nation Entertainment as defendants. As per Texas civil law, lawyers must name all potential parties in a suit in order to collect full damages, as individuals can be deemed responsible or negligent based on a percentage of liability.
“The defendants stood to make an exorbitant amount of money off of this event, and they still chose to cut corners, cut costs, and put attendees at risk,” Henry said in a statement. “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.”
On Tuesday, a Houston-based law firm Buzbee Law Firm filed a separate suit representing 125 clients, including the family of one of the 10 individuals killed on November 5 at the concert, and that suit was seeking $750 million in damages.
Ten people have died and at least 25 more were hospitalized after the Nov. 5 Astroworld festival at Houston’s NRG Park, when a crowd surge during the headlining performance by Scott caused a stampede, resulting in more than 300 people injured.
Houston authorities are continuing to investigate for criminal charges as a result of the tragedy, but no charges have been filed.
Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.