KEY POINTS

  • Two Astroworld attendees are each seeking around $1 million in damages over Friday's tragedy
  • A man is suing Travis Scott and organizers for alleged gross negligence that led to "predictable and preventable tragedy"
  • Another attendee is suing Drake alongside Scott and Live Nation, alleging that the rappers helped incite the crowd

Travis Scott, Drake, Live Nation Entertainment and other organizers of the Astroworld Festival are facing lawsuits following the massive crowd surge that left eight people dead and scores injured in Houston, Texas, Friday.

In a petition filed Saturday in Harris County District Court, Astroworld attendee Manuel Souza is suing Scott, organizer ScoreMore and concert giant Live Nation for gross negligence, which he claimed led to "predictable and preventable tragedy" that left him injured, according to court documents obtained by Billboard.

Representatives for Scott, Scoremore and Live Nation did not immediately return requests for comment, according to the outlet.

The lawsuit alleged that the tragedy was the direct result of "a motivation for profit at the expense of concertgoers' health and safety" and the "encouragement of violence."

"Defendants failed to properly plan and conduct the concert in a safe manner," wrote Souza's attorney, Steve Kherkher of the firm Kherkher Garcia. "Instead, they consciously ignored the extreme risks of harm to concertgoers, and, in some cases, actively encouraged and fomented dangerous behaviors."

Souza is asking for at least $1 million in damages.

Another concertgoer named Kristian Paredes is suing Drake and Harris County Sports and Convention Corporate alongside Scott and Live Nation, citing negligence and alleging that the performers helped incite the crowd, Daily Mail reported.

Paredes, 23, alleged in his complaint that special guest Drake "came on stage alongside Travis Scott and helped incite the crowd." He also accused the rapper of continuing to perform with Scott "as the crowd became out of control" and "while the crowd mayhem continued."

The lawsuit alleged that the organizers "put profits over their attendees and allowed the deadly show to go on" despite there being "every indication" that the performers, organizers and venue were not only aware of the hectic crowd but also that injuries and potential deaths may have occurred.

Paredes is seeking a trial by jury and over $1 million for his bodily injuries, some of which he claimed are permanent, as well as for his medical expenses.

The eight Astroworld concert victims, who ranged in age from 14 to 27, were among the crowd of 50,000 in attendance Friday when a crush of people stormed the stage at NRG Stadium during Scott's set. About 25 people were also taken to local hospitals.

Following the event, a video circulated on social media showing Scott continuing to perform despite concertgoers shouting, "Stop the show."

Scott addressed the incident in a statement released Saturday morning, saying he was cooperating with the Houston Police Department in the investigation.

"I'm absolutely devastated by what took place last night. My prayers go out to the families and all those impacted by what happened at Astroworld Festival," he wrote on Twitter.

Rappers Travis Scott (L) and Drake have been sued for inciting "mayhem" at the Astroworld concert on November 5, 2021, during which eight people were killed when the crowd surged the stage Rappers Travis Scott (L) and Drake have been sued for inciting "mayhem" at the Astroworld concert on November 5, 2021, during which eight people were killed when the crowd surged the stage Photo: AFP / Angela WEISS