The House Oversight Committee is launching a bipartisan investigation into the deadly tragedy that took place at Travis Scott’s Astroworld Festival last month.
According to NBC News, on Wednesday (Dec. 22), Democratic and Republican leaders sent a letter to Michael Rapino, president and chief executive officer of Live Nation, about how his company handled the festival’s “planning, staffing, putting up money, securing permits, finding vendors, communicating with local agencies.”
“Recent reports raise serious concerns about whether your company took adequate steps to ensure the safety of the 50,000 concertgoers who attended Astroworld Festival,” said the members of the committee, which is led by Rep. Carolyn Maloney. The lawmakers also noted reports about medical staff and security being “inexperienced or ill-equipped to deal with mass injuries.”
“Some attendees stated that the placement of barricades made it difficult to escape. Experts have stated that Astroworld Festival organizers failed to heed warning signs,” said the lawmakers.
The Congress members stated that the Astroworld tragedy took place following a number of other safety violations involving Live Nation. They also noted how the company has been sued and fined in the past over safety issues at previous events.
“We are deeply saddened by the deaths that occurred at Astroworld Festival and are committed to investigating what went wrong to inform possible reforms that could prevent future tragedies,” the members added.
As REVOLT previously reported, 10 people died as a result of injuries they sustained when the crowd of more than 50,000 people surged toward the stage as Scott performed his biggest hits. The “Highest In The Room” rapper is now facing billions of dollars in lawsuits for wrongful death and negligence.
Last week, the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences released the cause of death for the Astroworld victims, who range in age from nine to 27 years old. The festival attendees died from compression asphyxia, which occurs when air is cut off from the body due to external pressure.