Hundreds of Travis Scott Astroworld Lawsuits Combined Into One Giant Case

The hundreds of lawsuits that have been filed against Travis Scott over the Astroworld Festival tragedy have now been combined into one large case.

On November 5, 2021, 10 Astroworld attendees died and hundreds more were left injured after a surge toward the stage at Houston's NRG Park Stadium led to a deadly stampede among the 50,000-strong crowd.

Festival headliner Scott was subsequently named in the almost 400 lawsuits that were filed, along with Live Nation, its subsidiary ScoreMore, and Harris County Sports and Convention Corporation, among others. Drake, who shared the stage with fellow rapper Scott on the day of the event, has also been sued.

According to Billboard, the Texas Judicial Panel On Multidistrict Litigation on Wednesday granted joint motion from both the alleged victims and the organizers to combine the suits for all pre-trial proceedings before a single judge.

As such, at least 387 separate lawsuits—which represent almost 2,800 alleged victims—will be streamlined, given their similarities. It also has the potential of making it easier for the complainants to negotiate a single settlement.

Seeking billions in total damages in their lawsuits, the complainants have accused Live Nation, Scott and other organizers of being negligent in the way the festival was planned and handled.

Newsweek has contacted representatives of Scott and Live Nation for comment.

In December 2021, it was announced that the Astroworld tragedy was under investigation by the House Committee on Oversight and Reform.

Representative Carolyn Maloney, the chair of the committee, and Representative James Comer, the committee's ranking member, stated that they were leading a bipartisan investigation into the role Live Nation may have played in the disaster.

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Travis Scott performs onstage during the third annual Astroworld Festival at NRG Park on November 5, 2021 in Houston, Texas. The hundreds of lawsuits filed in the aftermath of the tragedy at Scott's Astroworld Festival will now be combined into one giant case. Rick Kern/Getty Images

At the time, Live Nation said in a statement to Newsweek that it would cooperate with the committee's investigation and provide any requested information.

The statement read: "We are assisting local authorities in their investigation and will of course share information with the Committee as well.

"Safety is core to live events and Live Nation engages in detailed security planning in coordination with local stakeholders including law enforcement, fire and EMT professionals. We are heartbroken by the events at Astroworld and our deepest sympathies go out to the families and friends of the victims."

In early December, Scott, real name Jacques Bermon Webster II, denied allegations made against him as he responded to a selection of the plethora of lawsuits he faces.

People reported at the time Scott responded to 11 of the lawsuits through his attorneys, stating that the rapper and his company, Cactus Jack Records, LLC, "generally deny the allegations." It was requested that the claims be "dismissed with prejudice."

In a report published by Rolling Stone at the time, Scott's legal counsel said that Scott "is not legally liable" for the tragedy.

Live Nation, ScoreMore and the Harris County Sports and Convention Corporation also denied the allegations leveled against them in December, though those entities did not ask for the lawsuits to be dismissed.

In December, Scott sat down for his first interview about the tragedy, saying that the deaths and injuries put him on an "emotional rollercoaster."

"I've been on different types of emotions, an emotional rollercoaster," Scott said in the interview, which was posted to YouTube. "It gets so hard because I always feel connected to my fans, and I went through something and my fans went through something and people's parents went through something and it really hurts.

"It really hurts the community, it hurts the city. It's just been a lot of thoughts, a lot of feelings, a lot of grieving, and just trying to wrap my head around it."

In the aftermath of the tragedy, Scott offered to pay for the funerals of those who had died in the stampede. His representatives also announced that he would be offering one-on-one only therapy for those who were impacted by the events.

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A woman walks past a memorial to those who died at the Astroworld festival outside of NRG Park on November 9, 2021 in Houston, Texas. Ten people died and hundreds left injured after a deadly stampede at the event. Brandon Bell/Getty Images