An attorney for the family of one of the 10 people who died at Houston’s AstroWorld festival has announced a settlement with Live Nation, performer Travis Scott and other entitites.
Tony Buzbee announced a settlement between the family of Axel Acosta in their lawsuit against Travis Scott, Live Nation and others involved int he AstroWorld tragedy. Details of the settlement were not released.
Buzbee posted a statement about the settlement on Instagram.
Acosta was just 21 when he traveled from Washington to attend Astroworld. Organizers for the festival along with Scott were sued by families and victims who were injured during a crowd rush as Scott was on stage.
Three of the dead were minors, the youngest being a 9 year old boy. The case brought by the family of another minor victim, 16 year old Brianna Rodriguez, has also been settled according to Houston TV station ABC13.
“Axel Acosta loved and adored Travis Scott and the other performers at Astroworld. The feeling was not mutual.”
Thousands of claims were filed by attendees at Houston’s AstroWorld festival, held nearly a year ago on November 5, 2021. As of May 9, there had been a total of 4,932 legal claims filed — almost 10% of the estimated 50,000 in attendance claiming injury. More than 700 petitions were filed for “physical injury with extensive medical treatment.” The sheer size of the claims related to the case resulted in the lawsuits being consolidated into a single civil action.
“Axel Acosta loved and adored Travis Scott and the other performers at Astroworld,” the suit brought by Acosta’s family read. “The feeling was not mutual.”
“Certainly, neither Travis Scott nor his exclusive partners, streaming service, record labels, handlers, entourage, managers, agents, hangers on, promoters, organizers, or sponsors cared enough about Axel Acosta and the other concertgoers to make an even minimal effort to keep them safe.”
Scott made an offer to pay for the victims funerals which half of the families angrily declined. Buzbee called the offer “bullshit.”
“He says he feels sorry for them but he’s quick to say it wasn’t his fault,” the attorney told Rolling Stone. “If you gave a shit about these families, you wouldn’t have to put out a press release for everyone to see saying he’s willing to pay for a funeral.”