Travis Scott's Lawsuit Dismissal Claims Fan Safety Was 'Not the Job of Performing Artists'

The rapper is facing lawsuits from more than 2,500 people in the aftermath of the tragic incident that occurred in 2021.

Travis Scott is requesting that lawsuits pertaining to the disastrous Astroworld music festival be dismissed because the safety of fans is “not the job of performing artists”, Billboard reports.

Scott’s legal team, led by Daniel Petrocelli, argued that their client should not be held liable for the tragic incident although the festival was “promoted under Scott’s name and branding.”

“Like any other adrenaline-inducing diversion, music festivals must balance exhilaration with safety and security—but that balance is not the job of performing artists, even those involved in promoting and marketing performances,” Petrocelli wrote in the argument. 

“Which only makes sense: Performing artists, even those who engage in certain promotional activities, have no inherent expertise or specialized knowledge in concert safety measures, venue security protocols, or site-design.”

In theory, if Scott could be held liable because it was his promotion, his primary role was “creative control” and “marketing.” His lawyers said that he “acted diligently to protect against every reasonably apprehensible danger.”

“When, during festival planning, concerns arose about the risk of a stampede occurring in the festival site, the Scott defendants supported festival organizers’ efforts to eliminate that risk by agreeing to remove certain rides and other attractions at the site,” Petrocelli continued. 

Travis Scott Dodges Criminal Charges in Deadly Astroworld Festival

The tragic event took place in November 2021 when eight people were killed and many others were injured after a crowd surged toward the stage at Astroworld music festival which was in Houston.

“Then, when the Scott defendants were told to end the show after Mr. Scott’s guest performer finished performing, they did just that—ending the show as directed.”

In June, a grand jury decided not to indict Scott on criminal charges.

Additionally, Drake, who was named in many of the lawsuits as a defendant, has also requested that he be removed from litigation because he was a guest performer at the concert.

“Mr. Graham did not receive any security briefings, was not informed of any crowd control issues, injuries or deaths in the crowd, or any stop show orders at any time either before or during his 14-minute performance,” Drake’s lawyers wrote at the time.

The first trial date is scheduled for May 6.

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