/  12.02.2021

Travis Scott has hired attorney Daniel Petrocelli, who previously represented Donald Trump, to defend him against the numerous lawsuits following the Astroworld Festival tragedy.

According to the Houston Chronicle, the “Highest In the Room” emcee’s new attorney is known for representing high-profile clients and is the head of the Los Angeles-based law firm O’Melveny & Myers. Back in 2016, Petrocelli was appointed to represent Trump against fraud claims that were filed over Trump University real estate courses.

As REVOLT previously reported, Petrocelli sent letters out to the lawyers representing the families of those who died from injuries that were sustained during Scott’s Astroworld Festival, including 9-year-old Ezra Blount. He said that his client was “devastated” by the Astroworld tragedy and “grieves for the families whose loved ones died or were injured.”

“Travis is committed to doing his part to help the families who have suffered and begin the long process of healing in the Houston community. Toward that end, Travis would like to pay for the funeral expenses for Mr. Blount’s son,” Petrocelli added.

Blount’s family, along with several others, rejected Scott’s offer to cover their funeral expenses. Bob Hilliard, the family’s lawyer, responded, “Your client’s offer is declined.”

“I have no doubt Mr. Scott feels remorse. His journey ahead will be painful. He must face and hopefully see that he bears some of the responsibility for this tragedy,” he added.

Scott is now facing a $2 billion lawsuit from more than 200 alleged Astroworld victims. The suit alleges that fans were “incited into a frenzy” once the “Sicko Mode” rapper began performing and blames organizers for not taking former safety concerns into consideration for this year’s show. Ten people were killed as a crowd of more than 50,000 rushed toward the stage, leaving people unable to breathe or move.

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