Astroworld Festival attendee Manuel Souza filed the first of many lawsuits in the District Court of Houston against festival founder and headliner Travis Scott, promoter Live Nations and ScoreMore holdings.
In a petition filed on Saturday, Souza described the incident as the direct result of “a motivation for profit at the expense of concertgoers’ health and safety” and the “encouragement of violence,” according to Billboard.
Travis Scott is facing the first of many lawsuits over Friday’s deadly stampede. Picture: Getty Images
“Defendants failed to properly plan and conduct the concert in a safe manner,” wrote Souza’s attorney, Steve Kherkher.
“Instead, they consciously ignored the extreme risks of harm to concertgoers, and, in some cases, actively encouraged and fomented dangerous behaviors.”
Souza’s case, which is seeking more than $1 million in damages, is the first of many lawsuits filed over the incident.
Austin resident Kristian Paredes, 23, also filed a complaint against rappers Travis Scott and Live Nation, adding superstar Drake “helped incite the crowd” leading to the tragic incident.
At least eight dead after festival crowd surge in Texas
 
According to the complaint obtained by The Daily Mail, special guest Drake “came on stage alongside Travis Scott and helped incite the crowd”.
The 23-year-old claimed the stampede left him “severely injured”, with security guards hired by Live Nation Entertainment ignoring people who begged for help.
“The crowd became chaotic and a stampede began leaving eight dead and dozens including Kristian Paredes severely injured,” according to the file, obtained by The Daily Mail.
“Many begged security guards hired by Live Nation Entertainment for help, but were ignored.”
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Parades said the injuries and death are due to “negligence, carelessness and recklessness” of the “defendants, their agents, servants and employees, in the ownership, management, maintenance, operation, supervision and the control of the subject premises”, The Daily Mail reported.
Around 50,000 people attended the sold out concert at Houston’s NRG Park and the crowd started surging towards the stage just after 9pm on Friday night.
Concertgoer Madeline Eskins said she passed out during the stampede “because people were pushing up against me so much that I couldn’t breathe” in a statement on Instagram.
“I was having constant pressure on my chest, constant pressure on my back. From the side, I was being squeezed,” Eskins told CNN on Saturday.
“And I just remember looking up and passing out.”

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