According to Travis Scott’s team, the platinum-selling rapper treated himself to a $5.5 million Bugatti Veyron Chiron Super Sport in 2020. But photos of the car surfaced last week, leading some people to believe it was a brand new purchase.
As reported by TMZ, the family of 9-year-old Astroworld victim Ezra Blount was appalled and fired back through attorney Bob Hillard, pointing out their child would still be alive had Scott used that money to ensure the safety of those who attended last November’s festival.
Taking note of the story, a rep for Scott called the move “the latest attempt to exploit” Astroworld victims and “gaslight” the media and the public.”
The rep added, “[This] is a new low. The car referenced was purchased way back in 2020 (well before the tragic events at Astroworld), and covered widely by the media — including TMZ — at that time.
“Misrepresenting a two-year-old car purchase to make an unprovoked and unjustified attack on Travis Scott is nothing more than another desperate publicity stunt to try to falsely blame Travis and intentionally manipulate public opinion, which won’t work.”
This isn’t the first time the Blount family has expressed their disapproval of Scott’s post-Astroworld behavior. In March, shortly after Scott launched the $5 million philanthropic and safety initiative Project Heal, Blount’s grandmother criticized the move, telling Rolling Stone it was a “PR stunt.”
“He’s pretty much trying to sway the jurors before they’re even assembled,” he said. “He’s trying to make himself look good, but it doesn’t look that way to someone with our eyes. What we’re seeing is that he’s done wrong, and now he’s trying to be the good guy and trying to give his own verdict on safety.”
Travis Scott is facing hundreds of lawsuits for the tragic events that unfolded at the Houston-based music festival. Ten people lost their lives and hundreds were injured.