A festivalgoer at Astroworld has sued Travis Scott and Drake for over a million dollars, claiming the rappers ‘incited the crowd’ that left him ‘severely injured’ and eight others dead. 

Kristian Paredes, 23, from Austin, Texas, filed the complaint obtained by DailyMail.com Sunday accusing the rappers, Live Nation Entertainment Inc. and Harris County Sports and Convention Corporation of negligence. 

According to the complaint, special guest Drake ‘came on stage alongside Travis Scott and helped incite the crowd.’ 

He accuses Drake of continuing to perform with Travis Scott ‘as the crowd became out of control’ and ‘while the crowd mayhem continued.’   

Paredes is now seeking over $1million for his bodily injuries, some of which he claims is permanent, as well as medical expenses.

Paredes says he was at the front of the general admission section, with just a metal barrier separating him from the VIP Section.  

He says he felt an ‘immediate push’ as the countdown to Travis Scott’s performance ended and he entered the stage around 9pm.

‘The crowd became chaotic and a stampede began leaving eight dead and dozens including Kristian Paredes severely injured,’ the filing states.

Texas attorney Thomas J. Henry, who is representing Paredes, said, ‘There is no excuse for the events that unfolded at NRG stadium on Friday night’

‘Many begged security guards hired by Live Nation Entertainment for help, but were ignored,’ it says. 

Paredes says in the lawsuit that the injuries and deaths are due to the ‘negligence, carelessness and recklessness’ of the ‘defendants, their agents, servants and employees, in the ownership, management, maintenance, operation, supervision, and the control of the subject premises.’

He is seeking a trial by jury.  

Texas attorney Thomas J. Henry, who is representing Paredes, said, ‘There is no excuse for the events that unfolded at NRG stadium on Friday night.

‘There is every indication that the performers, organizers, and venue were not only aware of the hectic crowd but also that injuries and potential deaths may have occurred. Still, they decided to put profits over their attendees and allowed the deadly show to go on.’

‘Live musical performances are meant to inspire catharsis, not tragedy. Many of these concert-goers were looking forward to this event for months, and they deserved a safe environment in which to have fun and enjoy the evening. Instead, their night was one of fear, injury, and death.’  

Scenes from the tragic night have unfolded on social media, showing concert goers unconscious while the rapper continued his performance.

Video circulating on Twitter shows fans begging the rapper to stop performing and chanting ‘stop the show’ as concertgoers were being knocked down and crushed by other attendees. 

‘Fans were recording the concert and people doing CPR. Fans were yelling at the stage crew around us, saying stop the concert, people are dying. No one listened,’ ICU nurse and concert attendee Madeline Eskins told Rolling Stone.

‘It was definitely overcrowded. It was insane, honestly. I knew it was just way too crowded – it just got worse and worse as I got closer to Travis Scott performing it got more crowded, more crowded, more crowded.’ 

She also shared that although they are not to blame for the tragedy, the event’s medical staff were apparently unprepared and inexperienced.

‘Some of these medical staff had little to no experience with CPR – didn’t know how to check a pulse, carotid or femoral,’ Eskins shared on Instagram.

‘Compressions were being done without a pulse check so ppl who had a pulse were getting CPR, but meanwhile there was not enough people to rotate out doing compressions on individuals that were actually pulseless. The medical staff didn’t have the tools to do their jobs and despite the crowd around us trying to get someone to stop the concert they just kept going, even though Travis acknowledged that someone in the crowed needed an ambulance.’

Afterwards, the rapper was seen sobbing. A source close to him told Page Six that he had ‘no idea what was going on, he was on stage performing’.

‘He’s beside himself, I’ve never heard him like that. He was in tears,’ the source added. 

Scott, 29, continued to perform after eight people were crushed to death – including two victims aged just 14 and 16 – in what one witness described as a ‘floor of bodies’. 

Although he completed his 75-minute performance, at one point Scott was filmed calling for help. In another video he stood on a platform with his microphone while chaos unfolded beneath him.  

Approximately 50,000 people attended the sold-out Astroworld event at Houston’s NRG Park. Witnesses said the chaos broke out after Scott took the stage to perform. 

Eskins, who said this was her third time attending Astroworld, said she thought she was going to die: ‘I looked at my boyfriend and I was about to tell my boyfriend to tell my son I loved him because I did not think I would make it out of there. And I fainted. 

‘I tried to jump up as much as I could to get air. I couldn’t breathe. I just felt it. I knew it was coming.’

‘Everything was normal up until when Travis posted the time he was going to get onstage,’ attendee Donovon Davis, 22, of Houston, said. ‘That’s when it just got wild.’

‘The crowd was moving so violently that people fell on top of us, and when they fell, people fell on top of them. There was layers and layers and layers of people falling.’

Davis continued: ‘I turned to pick him up, and I could hear him screaming for help. The music hadn’t started yet. And then the crowd just moved me, and I saw a wave of people just walk over him.’ 

Mayor Turner said the investigation remains active with the police department’s homicide and narcotics team, adding that the local government is also speaking with spokespeople from the concert’s producer Live Nation Worldwide and Live Nation Entertainment.

‘We will probably be at it for quite some time to determine exactly what happened,’ Turner said. 

Houston Police executive assistant Chief Larry Satterwhite, who was near the front of the crowd, said the surge ‘happened all at once’.

‘Suddenly we had several people down on the ground, experiencing some type of cardiac arrest or some type of medical episode,’ Satterwhite said. ‘And so we immediately started doing CPR and moving people right then.’

Satterwhite said promoters quickly agreed to end the event ‘in the interest of public safety’.

In a tweet posted Saturday, Scott said he was ‘absolutely devastated by what took place last night’.

He pledged to work ‘together with the Houston community to heal and support the families in need.’

Meanwhile, a memorial is growing outside of NRG Park.

People placed letters, balloons and bouquets at the gate by the venue. 

‘I wanted to set it up, just cause the lives lost,’ Matthew, who set up the makeshift memorial, told KPRC’s Rilwan Balogun

‘The community right now, from everybody that left #AstroWorld is definitely split, something to bring us together.’

He continued: ‘Even the online community come together just to come over here, to put something down.’

Astroworld organizers canceled the rest of the festival, scheduled to continue on Saturday.

‘Our hearts are with the Astroworld Festival family tonight – especially those we lost and their loved ones,’ they said on the event’s Instagram page. ‘We are focused on supporting local officials’.

Scott, 29, one of music’s biggest young stars, founded the Astroworld Festival in 2018. 

The Houston-native has been nominated for eight Grammy Awards. He has a three-year-old daughter with reality start Kylie Jenner, who announced in September that she is pregnant with their second child.


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