According to TMZ, Thomas Henry, an attorney representing more than 200 alleged Astroworld victims, is now asking for $2 billion in damages from the “Sicko Mode” emcee, NRG Stadium, Live Nation and others. The suit alleges that fans were “incited into a frenzy” once Scott began performing and blames organizers for not taking former safety concerns into consideration for this year’s show.
As REVOLT previously reported, eight people were killed the night of the Astroworld Festival after the crowd of more than 50,000 people surged toward the stage as Scott performed. Two others — 9-year-old Ezra Blount and 22-year-old Bharti Shahani — later succumbed to their injuries days after the show.
Houston officials have steered the blame toward the “Highest In The Room” rapper. Houston Police Chief Troy Finner said that he visited Scott’s trailer on Nov. 5 before the festival and “conveyed concerns about the energy in the crowd” that was filled with “very devoted fans.”
Additionally, a fire chief was denied entrance into the festival grounds by security on the morning of the show. Instead, the fire chief was only given a map of the venue.
Last week, Scott’s team issued a statement urging all of those who were affected to reach out to him via email for immediate assistance. “He is distraught by the situation and desperately wishes to share his condolences and provide aid to them as soon as possible, but wants to remain respectful of each family’s wishes on how they’d best like to be connected,” the statement read.