Involuntary manslaughter, assault or disorderly conduct for inciting a riot are just some of the possible charges being discussed by legal experts regarding the tragic event where a total of 10 people lost their lives including a 9yr Travis Scott could face several criminal charges, legal experts tell TheWrap, after his Houston music festival left 10 people dead — including a 9-year-old boy who died on Sunday — and injured hundreds of other concert-goers.
The Rapper has had problems with his concerts in the past. “Travis Scott has a prior history of problems at performances leading to injury,” Tracy A. Pearson, former trial and appellate attorney, told TheWrap. In 2015, the rapper pleaded guilty to reckless conduct for encouraging people at a Chicago summer concert to climb over barriers. Three years later, he pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct for riling up an Arkansas crowd. And three concertgoers were injured during a stampede at a 2019 festival where he performed.
“Even if Houston prosecutors don’t bring criminal charges over the concert deaths, both Scott and event organizers face daunting civil claims. More than 200 civil lawsuits have already been filed, including nearly 100 on Friday from Texas-based attorney Ben Crump”.
On Thursday, Scott issued a statement saying that he was “distraught” by the tragedy and is trying to connect with families of victims to provide aid. Scott has also said that he is refunding all attendees of the festival and canceled another upcoming performance at a similar music festival in Las Vegas.
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Source: Antoinette Siu, The Wrap