Travis Scott and Drake sued over deadly US festival crush

Travis Scott and Drake sued over deadly US festival crush
An ambulance is seen in the crowd during the festival. Source: Reuters
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Daily US Times: US rapper Travis Scott has been sued after at least eight people were killed and hundreds injured in a crush at his Texas festival Astroworld.

One injured concertgoer has accused the singer and surprise performer Drake of inciting the crowd, and is seeking $1m in damages.

Neither of the singer have commented on the lawsuit.

Travis Scott said in a statement following the crush that he was working to help the families of the victims – the youngest of whom was just 14.

Meanwhile, tributes have been paid on social media to those killed in the music festival.

The family of 16-year-old Brianna Rodriguez said in a statement: “Dancing was her passion and now she is dancing her way to heaven’s pearly gates.”

The surge began at about 21:15 local time on Friday when panic broke out as the crowd pressed towards the front of the stage during Scott’s headline set.

Lucas Naccarati told in an interview with BBC Radio 5 Live that within three minutes of the rapper coming on stage, he “was pretty sure people [were] going to be dying”.

He said: “You couldn’t move, you couldn’t scratch your own face, [that’s how] tight it was.”

The number of casualties quickly overwhelmed the first aiders on the location, officials said.

Police in the Houston, Texas have launched an investigation, including looking into separate reports that somebody in the audience was injecting people with drugs.

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