Houston rapper Travis Scott and the live entertainment agency Live Nation have finally settled a lawsuit brought against them in 2021 following the death of 14-year-old John Hilgert, who died in the infamous Astroworld crowd crush tragedy that saw ten people crushed to death and many more injured.
Although earlier this year, after a 19-month investigation, Harris County law enforcement determined that Scott wouldn’t face any criminal charges, several lawsuits against him and Live Nation are still being settled outside of court.
The lawsuit was filed following the Astroworld Festival Webster hosted on November 5th 2021, at NRG Park, which resulted in a crowd crush. The incident left ten dead, including a ten-year-old boy, and thousands injured.
Many settlements have come before Hilgert’s, including from the families of Axel Acosta and Brianna Rodriguez, who also perished at the event. The multitude of civil suits against the emcee and Live Nation caused the lyricist to take a hiatus. However, he returned to London’s O2 arena last year and has performed at many solo events since.
In June of 2023, Kent Schaffer, Scott’s attorney, released a statement reading, “My client Travis Scott will not be charged with criminal charges or any wrongdoing for his involvement with AstroWorld festival. Today’s decision by the Harris County District Attorney confirms what we have known all along – that Travis Scott is not responsible for the AstroWorld tragedy.”
However, the incident still lingers in the form of civil lawsuits that continue to be dealt with behind closed doors. Recently, Live Nation cancelled the Texas rapper’s highly-anticipated performance at the Pyramids of Giza due to “complex production issues.” But fans are hoping to see Scott celebrate his album Utopia live.
The artist’s latest project, Utopia, comes five years after his third studio album Astroworld which unfortunately led to the previously mentioned incident, and although it had a huge impact on those affected hip-hop as a whole, the ‘SICKO MODE’ musician seems to be back performing live.