Travis Scott Will Not Face Criminal Charges Over 2021 Astroworld Tragedy
A jury has declined to indict Travis Scott on criminal charges over his actions at the 2021 Astroworld festivalthat left ten dead due and thousands injured due to a crowd surge. The event was scheduled to occur on November 5 and 6, 2021, but the second day was canceled after the tragedy.
“It is tragic that ten innocent people were killed while trying to enjoy an evening of music and entertainment, something many of us do routinely and without a second thought to our safety. But a tragedy isn’t always a crime, and not every death is a homicide,” District Attorney Kim Ogg said in a statement per NBC News. “This grand jury’s determination has no impact on the many civil lawsuits pending.”
Among those who lost their lives was a 9-year-old named Ezra Blount. The other victims were ages 14 to 27; they all died from compression asphyxia, the publication reports. Nearly 2,400 people required medical treatment after the incident.
Scott’s attorney Kent Schaffer said the court’s decision accurately reflects the rapper’s position in the incident.
“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,” Schaffer shared in a statement. “This is consistent with investigative reporting by numerous media outlets and federal and state government reports that have squarely placed the onus for event safety crises on organizers, operators and contractors—not performers.”
He continued: “While waiting patiently for the district attorney’s decision to not file charges, Travis Scott has been inaccurately and wrongly singled out, despite stopping the show three separate times and being unaware of the events as they were unfolding. 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.”
Scott spoke out about the tragedy a month following the incident.
“It gets so hard because, you know, I always feel connected with my fans,” he told Charlamagne Tha God at the time. “I went through something and I feel like fans went through something and people’s parents went through something. And it really hurts.”