Houston attorney Tony Buzbee has reportedly filed another massive lawsuit against Travis Scott, Drake, Apple, Live Nation and others involved in the Astroworld tragedy on November 5. According to Forbes, Buzbee is representing over 125 concert attendees who were affected physically, mentally and/or emotionally by the deadly event. They are seeking over $750 million in damages.
The lawsuit claims the people behind the event failed to “make an even minimal effort” to keep concert attendees away from harm, citing the death of 21-year-old Axel Acosta, one of 10 people who passed away during the crowd surge.
Buzbee also pointed out Scott’s history of “glorified violence and other dangerous behaviors,” bringing up the 2015 Lollapalooza incident in which he faced reckless conduct charges and several social media posts encouraging the crowds “to rage.”
“No amount of money will ever make these Plaintiffs whole; no amount of money can restore human life,” Buzbee said. “But, the damages sought in this case attempts to fix, help, or make up for the harms and losses suffered by these Plaintiffs — nothing more and nothing less.”
The latest filing comes on the heels of another lawsuit blitz filed by attorneys Ben Crump, Alex Hilliard and John Duffy. On November 12, Crump and his team held a press conference at Houston’s Harris County Civil Courthouse and announced they’re representing over 200 alleged victims who say they suffered both physically and mentally as a result of the Astroworld tragedy. They’ve filed 110 lawsuits and are planning on filing 90 more.
Scott and Live Nation offered refunds almost immediately to concertgoers, but the lawsuits called it “a transparent and grotesque effort of the Defendants to limit their liability, after the fact, to the families of those killed or injured.”
Ten people died and over 300 were injured as the crowd of roughly 50,000 people attempted to rush the stage as Scott performed. The tenth victim, 9-year-old Ezra Blount, passed away on Sunday (November 14). Blount had been in medically induced coma with damage to his internal organs including his lungs, kidney and heart. He was also suffering from brain swelling due to cardiac arrest.
Mirza Baig, 27, Rodolfo Peña, 23, Madison Dubiski, 23, Franco Patiño, 21, Jacob Jurinke, 20, John Hilgert, 14, Axel Acosta Avila, 21, Brianna Rodriguez, 16, and Bhari Shahari, 22, also lost their lives as a result of the event.