Drake Deposed in Astroworld Festival Tragedy Inquiry

The rapper insists he had no role in planning or executing the event.

Drake was questioned for several hours on Thursday (Nov. 9) about the disastrous events at the 2021 Astroworld Festival, per Rap Up.

On Nov. 5, 2021, a fatal crowd crush occurred during the first night of the festival – founded by rapper Travis Scott – at NRG Park in Houston. The legal proceeding is part of the ongoing lawsuits related to this tragedy, where the crowd crush led to the deaths of 10 people and hundreds injured. The specific content of the deposition remains confidential.

"In light of directives in the case, I do not find it appropriate to provide comments on the matter," a spokesperson for Drake told Rolling Stone.

The Canadian-born rapper made a surprise appearance during Scott's set at the festival and was subsequently investigated for his role in the tragedy. Despite being named in several lawsuits, Drake has previously stated that he had no involvement in the planning or execution of the festival.

Drake expressed his feelings about the tragedy on Instagram:

"I've spent the past few days trying to wrap my mind around this devastating tragedy. My heart is broken for the families and friends of those who lost their lives and for anyone who is suffering. I will continue to pray for all of them and will be of service in any way I can. May God be with you all."

“I’m absolutely devastated by what took place last night,” Scott wrote on Twitter shortly following the incident. “My prayers go out to the families and all those impacted by what happened at Astroworld Festival.

“I am committed to working together with the Houston community to heal and support the families in need. Thank you to Houston PD, Fire Department, and NRG Park for their immediate response and support. Love you all.”

Numerous lawsuits have also been filed against Scott, Live Nation, Scoremore and Apple in connection to the tragedy. A Texas grand jury decided in June not to press criminal charges against Scott, but that doesn't impact the ongoing civil cases. Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg, who initiated the criminal charges, declined comment on the grand jury's decision.

In September, Rap Up stated that Scott participated in an eight-hour deposition. His lawyers were asked about the rapper's lost phone, assumed to have important information. His attorney insisted that the majority of relevant texts about the festival could be obtained from his manager's phone.


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