People affected by a stampede that killed 8 people and injured 12 during a concert in Texas have filed a lawsuit.
The lawsuit accused rappers Travis Scott and Drake of causing chaos and causing a crowd movement that caused the deaths.
The office of Thomas J. Henry Law Firm in Texas, on Sunday, tweeted an article in the Daily Mail about the lawsuit, asserting that he had filed one of the first complaints against the Travis Scott tragedy at the Astroworld Festival.
The case was brought on behalf of Christian Paredes, 23, who was one of those seriously injured during the concert on the night of 5 November.
About 50,000 people attended the festival, while 360 police and 240 security personnel were in charge of maintaining order.
At about nine in the evening local time, the audience began scrambling to approach the theater, which caused panic and caused the first injuries, then people began to fall and some lost consciousness, which led to more panic, according to the authorities.
The Texas resident, Paredes, also claimed the organizers of “Live Nation” and the management of the hall where the party was held.
He explained in the lawsuit that he “felt an instant nudge” where he was standing when Travis Scott took the stage, noting that “chaos pervaded the crowd and the stampede began.”
He added, “A lot of people begged the security forces of the organizing party to help them, but they were ignored.”
The complaint filed with the Houston court asserted that Travis Scott had previously “made a mess” of past concerts. She also accused rapper Drake of contributing to this mass movement by ascending to the stage.
She noted that the latter continued his party even though “the crowd was out of control.”
Other testimonies indicated that Scott, who launched the 2018 Astroworld festival, stopped his concert when he saw the audience in this case near the stage.
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said authorities are reviewing the videos and collecting testimonies from witnesses, organizers and hospital casualties.
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