Travis Scott Denies Allegations As He Responds to Astroworld Lawsuits

Travis Scott has denied allegations against him in his first response to the plethora of lawsuits he has been named in after the Astroworld Festival tragedy.

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

Rapper Scott, who headlined the music festival, has since been named in the almost 300 lawsuits filed, along with Live Nation, its subsidiary ScoreMore, and Harris County Sports and Convention Corporation, among others. Drake, who appeared onstage with Scott, has also been sued.

According to People, Scott on Monday responded to 11 of those lawsuits through his attorneys, stating that the star, real name Jacques Bermon Webster II, and his company, Cactus Jack Records, LLC, "generally deny the allegations."

The publication added that the defendants "respectfully request that the claims against these Defendants be dismissed with prejudice. And that these Defendants be granted such other and further relief, both at law and in equity, to which they are entitled."

Per Rolling Stone, Scott's legal counsel added that musician Scott, who is a native of Houston, "is not legally liable" for the tragedy.

In other documents filed on Monday, Live Nation, ScoreMore and the Harris County Sports and Convention Corporation also denied the allegations leveled against them, though they did not ask for the lawsuits to be dismissed.

On December 2, Houston Chronicle published a lengthy investigative news article on the events and number of alleged missteps leading up to and surrounding the tragedy.

The news outlet stated: "A Houston Chronicle investigation found critical failures by multiple authorities tasked with ensuring the safety of attendees that day, including inadequate and poorly trained security, deficient coordination between city officials and festival management, and a nearly hourlong delay in halting the show after the danger became apparent."

Last week, Billboard reported that a sizeable number of the lawsuits could be consolidated into one large case, according to a filing on Friday.

The filing, obtained by the publication, stated: "Transfer of all of these lawsuits to a single pretrial judge for consolidated and coordinated pretrial proceedings will eliminate duplicative discovery, conserve resources of the judiciary, avoid conflicting legal rulings and scheduling, and otherwise promote the just and efficient conduct of all actions."

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Travis Scott performs during 2021 Astroworld Festival at NRG Park on November 5, 2021 in Houston, Texas. The rapper has responded to a number of lawsuits filed against him in light of the Astroworld tragedy. Erika Goldring/WireImage

The mountain of lawsuits could result in billions of dollars being paid out in settlements.

In November, the family of Ezra Blount, the 9-year-old boy who died days after suffering injuries in the stampede at the Astroworld festival, declined Scott's offer to cover the child's funeral costs. Multiple families later followed suit.

Following the Astroworld tragedy, Scott said in a statement shared on Twitter that he was "absolutely devastated."

"My prayers go out to the families and all those impacted by what happened at Astroworld Festival," he said. "Houston PD has my total support as they continue to look into the tragic loss of life. I am committed to working together with the Houston community to heal and support the families in need. Thank you to Houston PD, Fire Department and NRG Park for their immediate response and support. Love you all."

After offering to pay for the funerals of those who died in the stampede, representatives for Scott announced that he would be providing free one-on-one online therapy for those who were impacted by the tragic events.

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A woman views a memorial dedicated to those who died at the Astroworld festival outside of NRG Park on November 9, 2021 in Houston, Texas. Ten attendees died as a result of getting caught in the stampede. Brandon Bell/Getty Images