Nearly two years after his deadly Astroworld Festival in 2021, “Ring Ring” rapper Travis Scott is still in hot water. On Thursday (June 29), a Texas grand jury met to consider possible criminal charges against the Houston native. A crowd rush at the 2021 iteration of Astroworld left 10 dead.
Scott’s attorney Kent Schaffer stood beside the rapper, saying that “Nothing Travis did or failed to do fits within the Texas criminal code,” per Reuters. It’s unclear when the Texas grand jury will make the decision on criminal charges, but the examination centers Scott and several other organizers for the festival. However, the proceeding does not guarantee that charges will be filed.
“There’s no telling how long it will take but we’re confident that they will agree that Travis committed no crimes,” Schaffer said.
Of a crowd of 50,000 attendees, the 10 victims ranged from 14 to 27 in age. A medical examiner confirmed that they all died from compression asphyxia. Nearly 2,400 people in attendance sought medical treatment following the festival.
Scott has given several apologies after the incident, while maintaining that he isn’t at fault. “Us as artists, we trust professionals to make sure that people leave safely,” Scott told radio host and media personality Charlamagne Tha God in December 2021. “This isn’t even like a regular show as far as the energy. People didn’t show up to be harmful, people showed up to have a good time and something unfortunate happened. We really just gotta figure out what that was.”
A Conversation with Travis Scott and Charlamagne Tha God
The rapper, who plans to release fourth album Utopia later this year, issued a “general denial” of nearly 200 lawsuits filed towards him and concert organizer Live Nation.
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