Travis Scott will not be facing any criminal charges over the Astroworld crowd incident! Not long ago, a grand jury in Texas declined to indict the American rapper over a deadly crowd surge that saw the light of day nearly 2 years ago at the Astroworld Music Festival.
The Sicko Mode hitmaker’s lawyer Kent Schaffer confirmed that the Harris County grand jury sat down and decided not to indict the musician on any criminal charges related to the incident.
Travis Scott will not be facing criminal charges over the Astroworld crowd crush
Yeah, you read that right. Travis Scott whose real name is Jacques Bermon Webster II, will not be indicted in the Astroworld tragedy that killed 10 people. His lawyer Kent Chaffer even issued a statement post the court’s decision.
As per People magazine, Scott’s attorney Kent put out a statement that read, “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.”
In addition to this, Schaffer also mentioned that the decision is “a great relief.” He concluded by saying, “Now that this chapter is closed, we hope for the government efforts to focus on what is most important – stopping future heartbreaking tragedies like AstroWorld from ever occurring again.”
Here’s all you need to know about the 2021 Astroworld tragedy
For those of you who are unaware, let us share with you, on November 5, 2021, nearly 50,000 people gathered to attend Travis Scott’s Astroworld Festival in Houston. When Scott started his set, a large portion of the fans tried to rush to the stage which resulted in people losing their consciousness and being trampled.
At that point in time, ten people who ranged in age from 9 to 27 passed away due to compressive asphyxiation. Then, Travis stated that the Astroworld crowd incident left him “distraught” but that he was not aware of the extent until coming off stage.
Many accused the Highest in the Room rapper of continuing to perform despite accounts of “lifeless bodies being passed through the crowd in full view of the stage”. Houston’s fire chief stated that Scott should have stopped the show much earlier.
Travis Scott issued a statement after the Astroworld crowd surge
Soon after the Astroworld tragedy, Travis released a statement on the social media platform Twitter. He said, “I’m absolutely devastated by what took place last night. My prayers go out to the families and all those impacted by what happened at Astroworld Festival.”
Scott continued, “Houston PD has my total support as they continue to look into the tragic loss of life. I am committed to working together with the Houston community to heal and support the families in need. Thank you to Houston PD, Fire Department and NRG Park for their immediate response and support. Love You All.”
— TRAVIS SCOTT (@trvisXX) November 6, 2021