Rapper Travis Scott stated in an interview that he didn’t know that followers had died at his Astroworld pageant in Houston until after his efficiency.
In a prolonged interview with radio persona Charlamagne Tha God posted on YouTube on Thursday, Scott described from his perspective what occurred on the Nov. 5 pageant that left 10 individuals lifeless.
“It wasn’t really until minutes before the press conference until I figured out exactly what happened. Even after the show, you’re just kind of hearing things, but I didn’t know the exact details until minutes before the press conference,” Scott stated.
He stated he paused the efficiency a pair of occasions, however he couldn’t hear followers screaming for assist.
“I stopped like a couple of times just to make sure everybody was OK,” stated Scott. “I just really go off the fans energy as a collective, you know? Call and response. I just didn’t, I just didn’t hear that.”
Scott was the headliner and creator of the Astroworld pageant, the place 50,000 individuals have been within the viewers. Scott’s set turned lethal as followers surged towards the stage. The youngest sufferer was 9-yr-previous Ezra Blount. The others who died ranged in age from 14 to 27. Some 300 individuals have been injured and handled on the pageant website and 25 have been taken to hospitals.
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More than 300 lawsuits have been filed to this point in Houston and can be consolidated and dealt with by one choose. Scott, live performance promoter Live Nation and different firms related to the occasion are amongst these being sued. Additionally, Scott and the occasion organizers are the main focus of a felony investigation by Houston police. No one has been charged, and no timetable has been set for when the investigation could be accomplished.
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“Travis Scott, his entourage, handlers, promoters, managers, hangers on and everyone else who enable him are the problem,” stated Tony Buzbee, an lawyer representing the household of 21-yr-previous Axel Acosta Avila who died, in an announcement supplied to the AP on Thursday. “Everything that Travis Scott has done or said since ten people died and hundreds of others were injured at his concert has been lawyer driven and calculated to shift blame from him to someone else.”
In the interview, Scott denied that his historical past of encouraging followers to hurry the stage or push previous safety contributed to the chaos at Astroworld.
“People didn’t just show up there to be harmful,” stated Scott. “People showed up to have a good time and something unfortunate happened.”
Scott stated he had personal discussions with some of the households of the victims. He additionally stated that he understood why some households declined his provide to pay for funeral bills.
“I’m always going to be here to want to help them,” Scott stated of the victims’ households. “I gotta continue to show up for that. I just wanted to make sure they knew that I was there for them and continue to be there for them.”
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Scott stated that he desires to know extra about what brought about the deaths and be a frontrunner find methods to forestall related tragedies from occurring at different reside occasions.
“I have a responsibility to figure out what happened here. I have a responsibility to figure out the solution,” stated Scott.
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