Houston attorney Tony Buzbee filed a massive lawsuit on behalf of 125 concertgoers who were either severely injured or died in the Astroworld tragedy that happened on Friday, November 5th. The lawsuit is against concert headliner Travis Scott, featured artists Drake, and concert promoter Live Nation. The lawsuit also names Apple Music, which streamed the event, and Epic Records.
The deadly crowd surge that happened cost the lives of 10 people, with 9-year-old Ezra Blount becoming the youngest victim after succumbing to his injuries on Sunday.
Buzbee claims the tragedy was the result of gross negligence and seeks compensation for “the loss of mental and physical health, and human life.”
“No amount of money will ever make these plaintiffs whole; no amount of money can restore human life,” Buzbee says in the document. “The quantum sought includes sufficient punitive damages to punish and make an example of all involved in the streaming, promotion, organization and failed execution of the concert, and also to encourage those who engage in such activity to do so with safety at the forefront, not just as an afterthought.”
In a statement posted on Instagram, Buzbee shares that he is confident that injured concertgoers and the families of the victims will be compensated, and that he plans to represent another 100 victims soon.
Buzbee and his team have amassed statements from over 50 witnesses and hours of video footage. He claims his clients have suffered broken bones, twisted knees, and other physical injuries, while many others have suffered psychological damage.
Since the major event, Travis Scott and Live Nation have offered full refunds to all concertgoers, but Buzbee claims this is “a transparent and grotesque effort” of both parties to limit their accountability.
“These defendants will no doubt argue that their exposure is limited to the price of the ticket, and, failing that, will attempt to force all concert goers — regardless of their age or adequate notice — into binding arbitration, so a jury trial can be avoided,” Buzbee states. “Attempts in this regard are based on a hidden legal language that is difficult to find for an attorney, and is rarely if ever seen by the concert goer.”