Attorney for Man Who Was Partially Paralyzed at a Travis Scott Show Says the Tragedy Wasn’t a Surprise

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The attorney for a man who was left partially paralyzed after attending a Travis Scott show has said the Astroworld festival tragedy wasn’t a surprise.

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It comes after 8 festival-goers were killed and many injured at the festival on Friday.

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The tragedy occurred on Friday at the opening night of Travis Scott’s Astroworld Festival in Houston, Texas.

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Eight people tragically died at the festival with hundreds more injured after a crowd surge took place.

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Since the news broke, tributes have been pouring in for those who lost their lives…

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The crowd surge began around 9 PM on Friday during the rapper’s headline set at the site of the former Houston Six Flags park.

Crowds pressed towards the front of the stage as the rapper performed, causing panic to break out.

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As the crowd surge grew, crushing began and people started to get injured, the BBC reports.

An estimated 50,000 people were in attendance for the 2-day festival, which has since been canceled.

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Around 300 people were treated for injuries such as cuts and bruises, the BBC reports.

And sadly, 8 people lost their lives during the incident.

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As per the Independent, Houston Police Executive Assistant Chief Larry Satterwhite, told the Associated Press that they “had several people down on the ground.”

“Suddenly we had several people down on the ground, experiencing some type of cardiac arrest or some type of medical episode,” he said. “And so we immediately started doing CPR, and moving people right then, and that’s when I went and met with the promoters, and Live Nation, and they agreed to end early in the interest of public safety.”

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The outlet also reports that an attendee of the festival told KHOU that if “you didn’t jump, you would fall.”

“In the front, there was a lot of jumping. If you didn’t jump, you would fall and get trampled on, definitely. The crowd is pushing back and forth. If you were even a little tired, you were going to fall.”

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After the events of the festival began to emerge, Travis Scott issued a statement.

In the statement, he claimed he was “absolutely devastated” by the incident and that the police looking into it have his “total support.”

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“I’m absolutely devastated by what took place last night. My prayers go out to the families and all those impacted by what happened at Astroworld Festival,” he wrote.

“Houston PD has my total support as they continue to look into the tragic loss of life.”

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Scotts’ partner, Kylie Jenner also issued a statement about the festival in which she defended Scott.

In the statement, Kylie said she wanted to make it clear that they “weren’t aware of any fatalities” until “after the show.”

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“I am sending my deepest condolences to all the families during this difficult time and will be praying for the healing of everyone who has been impacted,” she said.

“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.”

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Some are holding Travis Scott somewhat accountable for the tragedy.

Including one festival-goer is suing Travis Scott and Drake for the events of the festival.

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Kristian Paredes has filed a complaint accusing Scott, Drake, Live Nation Entertainment Inc., Harris County Sports and Convention Corporation of negligence, the Daily Mail reports.

He is suing for over $1million for the injuries he sustained and to cover any medical expenses.

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The outlet reports that the complaint claims that Drake “came on stage alongside Travis Scott and helped incite the crowd.”

It was reported that the lawsuit states that Paredes claims the injuries and deaths were the results of “negligence, carelessness and recklessness.”

It also states that “many begged security guards hired by Live Nation Entertainment for help, but were ignored.”

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Thomas J. Henry, the Texas attorney representing Paredes, told the outlet: “There is no excuse for the events that unfolded at NRG stadium on Friday night.”

“There is every indication that the performers, organizers, and venue were not only aware of the hectic crowd but also that injuries and potential deaths may have occurred. Still, they decided to put profits over their attendees and allowed the deadly show to go on.”

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Henry also added that live music events are supposed to “inspire catharsis, not tragedy.”

But, it appears that this isn’t the first time a Travis Scott show has led to tragedy.

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Kyle Green was left partially paralyzed after attending a Travis Scott show in 2017.

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Green was attending Scott’s show at New York’s Terminal 5 venue when the rapper encouraged fans to jump from a balcony, BuzzFeed reports.

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“Don’t be scared,” Scott reportedly said. “They’re going to catch you.”

Many fans are said to have jumped, however, Green said he was pushed off the balcony by the crowd that surged.

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Green’s attorney, Howard Hershenhorn, spoke with BuzzFeed and explained that more than 4 years on from the event, Green is still having to mostly use a wheelchair.

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Hershenhorn also explained that he is representing Green in a civil lawsuit against Scott as well as the venue owner, Scott’s management, and the security company, the outlet reports.

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Speaking of Friday’s tragedy, Hershenhorn said that it was no surprise that it happened given Scott’s past statements and the injuries sustained at his shows.

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“Make no mistake about it, his desire for chaos caused this horrific tragedy,” he said.

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Hershenhorn also said that he doesn’t believe Scott’s statement as he should have “learned a lesson” from previous shows.

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“He’s now attempting to bolster his image by being remorseful on Twitter, but he should have thought about and learned a lesson from the consequences of his past misdeeds,” he told the outlet. “Friday night never should have happened.”

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Hershenhorn also added that Scott’s “song lyrics encourage violence and injury at his concerts.”

So tragic. Rest in peace.

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