The Astroworld tragedy sent shockwaves through Hollywood. According to Fox News, Travis Scott was performing in front of about 50,000 people during his Astroworld concert in Houston, Texas in November 2021 when the unthinkable happened. Tragedy struck when 10 victims died of “compression asphyxia” as crowds flocked to the stage. All deaths were determined to be accidental, but many slammed Scott for not stopping the concert when people were being trampled. It is believed that more people could have been saved if Scott had stopped performing sooner.
In a post-show interview, Scott Charlamagne told Tha God (via SC 103 Radio) that he had no idea what happened until later. “It wasn’t really until minutes before the press conference that I found out exactly what happened,” he claimed. “Even after the show you just hear things, but I didn’t know the exact details until minutes before the press conference.” Scott added that he “stopped” a few times to “make sure everyone was okay.” He continued, “I just really get off of the energy of the fans as a collective, you know? Call and Response. I just didn’t do it, I just didn’t hear that.”
According to BuzzFeed News, more than 400 lawsuits were filed against Scott after the concert, and he’s come under fire for what turned out to be. According to Rolling Stone, the victims’ families beat the rapper for his first interview. Now a lawyer casts shadows on the rapper because of one of his vehicles.
Travis Scott’s reps are defending his $5.5 million car purchase
Travis Scott didn’t see his name in the headlines after the Astroworld 2021 tragedy for the best of reasons. According to TMZ, Bob Hilliard, a family attorney for Ezra Blount (the latest victim to die at Astroworld), slammed the rapper for driving around town in his $5.5 million Bugatti. The attorney told the media that if Scott instead budgeted some money from the car purchase for security measures at his concerts, people would still be alive.
When Scott’s reps got wind of Hilliard’s words, they quickly clapped back to defend their client. “This latest attempt to take advantage of Astroworld sacrifices and gaslight the media and public is a new low,” the reps said, adding that Scott purchased the car in 2020 before the Astroworld festival even took place. They continued, “Misrepresenting a two-year-old car to unprovokedly and unfairly attack Travis Scott is nothing more than another desperate publicity stunt to falsely blame Travis and intentionally manipulate public opinion, which isn’t going to work.” “
Scott and Blount’s family has been at odds since the tragedy struck. According to Rolling Stone, Blount’s family declined Scott’s offer to pay for his funeral in the days following the event. “Your client’s offer is rejected. I have no doubt that Mr. Scott feels remorse. His journey ahead will be painful,” Hillard said. “He has to deal with it and hopefully realize that he has some responsibility for this tragedy,” he said.