Travis Scott sued by fan over Astroworld crowd surge that left 8 dead
Concertgoers were trapped and trampled on during the tragic incident.
An injured concertgoer has named Travis Scott in one of what is predicted to be several lawsuits regarding his concert which left 8 people dead and many more injured.
Manuel Souza filed a petition on Saturday against Scott, 30, over the "predictable and preventable" tragedy that unfolded at Astroworld Festival in Houston, Texas on Friday.
Court documents obtained by People show he's seeking at least $1,000,000 in damages and hopes to obtain a temporary restraining order to prevent the destruction of evidence.
The lawsuit also lists Live Nation, organiser ScoreMore, Scott's Cactus Jack Records and several others.
"Tragically, due to Defendants' motivation for profit at the expense of concertgoers' health and safety, and due to their encouragement of violence, at least 8 people lost their lives and scores of others were injured at what was supposed to be a night of fun," the lawsuit states.
Souza claims to have "suffered serious bodily injuries when the uncontrolled crowd at the concert knocked him to the ground and trampled him."
"Plaintiff's injuries were the inevitable and predictable result of Defendants' conscious disregard of the extreme risks of harm to concertgoers that had been escalating since hours earlier," the documents read.
The lawsuit also refers to Scott's history of allegedly inciting riots at his concerts, including one in 2017, for which he was arrested and initially charged with inciting a riot, disorderly conduct and endangering the welfare of a minor. He plead guilty to disorderly conduct at the time.
Scott was also charged with disorderly conduct in 2015 after encouraging fans at Lollapalooza to climb over security barricades and invade the stage, prompting his performance to be shut down within five minutes.
"This kind of behavior has long been encouraged by the festival's founder and main performer, Defendant Jacques Webster a/k/a Travis Scott," Souza's lawsuit continues.
"Scott actively encourages his fans to 'rage' at his concerts. His express encouragement of violence has previously resulted in serious violence at numerous past concerts."