Los Angeles, CA – The Astroworld Festival ended in tragedy on November 5 when eight people were killed and hundreds of others were injured as the crowd of approximately 50,000 rushed the stage to see Travis Scott perform. Two people who were injured in the chaos later succumbed to their injuries, including 9-year-old Ezra Blount.
Scott hasn’t been spotted in public in the last few weeks, but that changed on Wednesday (November 24) when he was photographed spending time with actor Mark Wahlberg, Kris Jenner’s longtime boyfriend Corey Gamble and retired NBA superstar Michael Jordan in Southern California.
Judging by the photos, Scott was still in a solemn mood as he scrolled through his phone and posed for a photo with French-American actor Saïd Taghmaoui.
Travis Scott spotted yesterday with Michael Jordan and Mark Wahlberg. pic.twitter.com/Q9OIXMIQVe
— hy (@TheMindOfHY) November 24, 2021
Travis Scott expressed his immense sorrow the day after the deadly festival took place, saying in an Instagram post, “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. Houston PD has my total support as they continue to look into the tragic loss of life.
“I am committed to working together with the Houston community to heal and support the families in need. Thank you to Houston PD, Fire Department and NRG Park for their immediate response and support.”
Travis Scott releases statement following Astroworld deaths 🙏 pic.twitter.com/ldmpnCXfm2
— HipHopDX (@HipHopDX) November 6, 2021
Dozens of lawsuits have been filed against Scott, Live Nation, Drake and other concert organizers over the incident. On November 12, attorney Ben Crump announced he’s 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.
“We will make sure that they get justice because this should have never happened,” Crump said. “It is also about making sure Live Nation and anybody else who had anything to do with the failure here that caused people to lose their children. Nobody should ever die from going to a concert. In the future, safety must be paramount.”
Five days later, Scott was named in a $750 million lawsuit on behalf of 125 Astroworld victims including, the family of 21-year-old Axel Acosta, who died after cardiac arrest from being crushed in the crowd.
Harris County released the names of the initial eight victims on November 8: Mirza Baig, 27, Rodolfo Peña, 23, Madison Dubiski, 23, Franco Patiño, 21, Jacob Jurinke, 20, John Hilgert, 14, Axel Acosta Avila, 21, and Brianna Rodriguez, 16.
The ninth victim, 22-year-old Texas A&M senior Bhari Shahani, was declared brain dead and later died. Scott has offered to pay for the funerals of the deceased and provide mental health counseling for anyone impacted by the incident.