Published On: Thu, Nov 16th, 2023
World | By MDN

Travis Scott still ‘devastated’ by Astroworld tragedy

Travis Scott still ‘devastated’ by Astroworld tragedy
Travis Scott still ‘devastated’ by Astroworld tragedy

In June this year, a grand jury in Texas declined to indict Scott and five other people on any criminal charges related to the concert.

An investigative report into the tragedy was released by Houston police the following month.

It said that festival workers had highlighted problems and warned of possible deadly consequences ahead of the show.

One security guard had been so worried by the crowd that he texted an event organiser saying, “someone’s going to end up dead”.

“There’s panic in people eyes. This could get worse quickly,” Reece Wheeler texted Shawna Boardman, one of the festival’s private security directors, minutes before Scott took to the stage.

In a subsequent text Wheeler added: “I know they’ll try to fight through it but I would want it on the record that I didn’t advise this to continue.

In a police interview two days after the event, Scott told investigators that although he did see one person near the stage getting medical attention, the crowd generally seemed to be enjoying the show and he did not see any signs of serious problems.

The rapper – and others involved in organising the festival – still face civil lawsuits from multiple victims in Texas state courts.

Both Scott and Drake have recently given depositions in relation to those cases. The details of the hearings are unknown, due to a rigid publicity order.

The families of three victims have previously settled with Scott, concert promoters Live Nation and other related parties, although the terms of those agreements have not been disclosed.

The first wrongful death case is currently scheduled to go to trial in May of 2024.

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