Travis Scott Breaks His Silence on Astroworld Tragedy

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Travis Scott has spoken out in an interview for the first time since his concert resulted in multiple deaths and hundreds of casualties.

It comes after he reportedly denied responsibility and rejected the lawsuits made against him…

Scroll on to see what he had to say…

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

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

When the news broke, tributes came pouring in for those who lost their lives…

The crowd surge began around 9 PM on Friday November 5, during the rapper’s headline set at the site of the former Houston Six Flags park.

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

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.

Around 300 people were treated for injuries such as cuts and bruises.

And sadly, 10 people lost their lives during the incident.

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.”

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.”

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

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

“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.”

He also posted a video on social media “sending out prayers to the ones that were lost” during his concert…

However, his fans say he appears to be putting on an act and that his “body language” doesn’t seem remorseful in the slightest…

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

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

“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.”

Some are holding Travis Scott somewhat accountable for the tragedy.

As many believe he should have stopped the show.

Following the tragic event it was announced that a tenth person had died due to injuries sustained at the festival.

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9-year-old Ezra Blount died from injuries sustained at the festival after he was trampled on.

Ezra Blount was attending the festival with his dad and was sitting on his shoulders when the surge began, the New York Post reports.

His dad couldn’t breathe due to the pressure and passed out, meaning Ezra fell into the crowd.

Sadly, Ezra later died of the injuries sustained at the concert.

Ezra was the tenth person to die after the tragic Astroworld festival…

And the youngest.

Scott offered to cover the funeral expense of Astroworld victims, but Ezra’s family responded and declined his offer.

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“Your client’s offer is declined,” the letter, obtained by Rolling Stone and written by the family’s lawyer, Bob Hilliard, stated.

Then the families of other victims followed suit.

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Attorney Michael Lyons, who represents the families of 14-year-old John Hilgert and 27-year-old Danish Baig, confirmed to TMZ: “We received a written offer from Travis Scott’s attorney Dan Petrocelli indicating that he would pay $7,500 in funeral burial costs and my clients are rejecting that.”

But although Scott is willing to pay for the funeral expense of those who tragically died at the concert, it seems he is not willing to be tied to the lawsuits of the incident.

TMZ reports that Scott has asked a judge to reject one of the lawsuits against him.

The documents, obtained by the outlet, see that Scott is allegedly asking for his lawsuit to be dismissed with prejudice.

He is said to be issuing “general denial.”

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General denial is a term that allows Scott to submit one blanket response to all the allegations against him.

A source also informed the outlet that Scott is planning to issue a similar response for every suit against him.

By issuing general denial, Scott appears to be insinuating that the events of the Astroworld are not his responsibility. A similar stance that he has withheld in his public statements following the incident where he claimed he was unaware of what was happening while he performed.

And now, he’s spoken out for the first time since the tragedy to share his side of the story on YouTube with Charlamagne Tha God…

Claiming once again that he didn’t know about the deaths of several fans until way after the show.

“I’ve been on different types of emotions, an emotional rollercoaster,” Scott said.

“It gets so hard because I always feel connected to my fans, and I went through something and my fans went through something and people’s parents went through something and it really hurts. It really hurts the community, it hurts the city. It’s just been a lot of thoughts, a lot of feelings, a lot of grieving, and just trying to wrap my head around it.”

Charlamagne then asked Scott at what point did he realise there had been casualties…

He responded: “It wasn’t really until minutes until the press conference [after the show] that I figured out what happened. Even after the show, you’re just kind of hearing things, but I didn’t know the exact details” Scott said. “And even at that moment, you’re like, ‘Wait, what?’ You just went through something.”

He added: “People pass out, things happen at concerts, but something like that…”

According to Scott, he didn’t hear anyone calling for help…

“It’s so crazy because I’m that artist, too — anytime you can hear something like that, you want to stop the show, you want to make sure fans get the proper attention they need,” Scott said.

“Anytime I could see anything like that, I did. I stopped it a couple of times to just make sure everybody was OK. And I really just go off the fans’ energy as a collective — call and response. I just didn’t hear that.”

It seems that Scott understands why fans and families of the victims have put the blame on him, sharing that he’s the “face of the festival…”

“I’m the artist, so the media wants to put it on me, but at the end of the day I don’t think it’s more so about that, it’s more so about stepping up to figure out what the problem is. And I could take that,” he said.

“I could take stepping out to figure out what the problem is, I could take stepping up to figure out what the solution is so that it never happened again.”

You can watch the full interview below…

What do you think of his comments?