Travis Scott’s lawyer suggests “pointing” hands at Houston Police for Astroworld tragedy

The lawyer for Travis Scott spoke out in defense of the rapper under criticism for not stopping his Astroworld Festival performance as the audience became dangerous, leaving eight people dead.

Many from the public to elected officials have noted that they believe it was Scott’s responsibility to stop the show and control the audience to give first aiders the space and resources they needed to help people after a spectator created the situation in it. popular Houston concert dangerous.

Scott, meanwhile, has maintained that from his vantage point on stage, he was unaware of how serious the situation had become in the crowd. He claims he was not made aware of the deaths until well after the show ended. In a statement to Fox News, his attorney, Edwin F. McPherson of McPherson LLP, reiterated these allegations and called on the Houston Police Department to shift the blame onto Scott.

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Travis Scott performs on stage during the third annual Astroworld Festival at NRG Park on November 5, 2021 in Houston, Texas.

Travis Scott performs on stage during the third annual Astroworld Festival at NRG Park on November 5, 2021 in Houston, Texas.
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“There have been several fingerprints, much of which have been from city officials who have sent inconsistent messages and have gone back from original statements,” McPherson wrote. “Houston Police Chief Troy Finner was quoted in the New York Times as saying, ‘You can not just close when you have 50,000 and over 50,000 people. We have to worry about riots, riots when you have a group that is so young. ‘ Still, Chief Finner declares that the responsibility for stopping the show rests with Travis, shortly thereafter. “

In fact, Finner told The New York Times that riots among the already noisy audience were a concern he had if the show ended early. He also stated that he met in person with Scott and his team before the concert to discuss potential dangers that could arise from the Astroworld audience in 2021. Despite announcing his personal relationship with Scott in the midst of the rapper’s deep connection to the city of Houston , Finner went back on those comments during a news conference Wednesday, noting that he only met Scott twice.

Audiences are watching as Travis Scott performs at the Astroworld Festival in NRG park on Friday, November 5, 2021 in Houston.  Several people died and several others were injured in what officials described as an increase in the crowd at the music festival while Scott was performing.  Officials declared one "mass accident" just after noon.  21 Friday during the festival, where an estimated 50,000 people were in attendance, Houston Fire Chief Samuel Peña told reporters at a news conference.

Audiences are watching as Travis Scott performs at the Astroworld Festival in NRG park on Friday, November 5, 2021 in Houston. Several people died and several others were injured in what officials described as an increase in the crowd at the music festival while Scott was performing. Officials declared a “mass accident” just after noon. 21 Friday during the festival, where an estimated 50,000 people were in attendance, Houston Fire Chief Samuel Peña told reporters at a news conference.
(Jamaal Ellis / Houston Chronicle via AP)

McPherson apparently suggests that the Houston Police Department divert blame on Scott, as there were reportedly other systems in place to control the crowd using police and private security, all of which had some degree of control over the show.

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“It was reported that the operation plan indicated that only the festival director and the executive producers have the authority to stop the show, and none of them are part of Travis’ crew,” the lawyer wrote. “This also contradicts HPD’s own past actions, as it shut down the power and sound of this particular festival when the show ran over 5 minutes back in 2019.”

The statement concludes: “Investigations should begin to continue over finger-pointing so that together we can identify exactly what happened and how we can prevent something similar from happening again.”

Shortly after the incident, Scott broke his silence on social media, noting that he was “devastated” to hear that people died at his show. In a subsequent statement, he reiterated allegations from his longtime girlfriend Kylie Jenner, in which she stated that he could not see the audience well enough to recognize what was going on from the stage.

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Scott's attorney issued a statement about the Astroworld Festival in Houston, Tx.

Scott’s attorney issued a statement about the Astroworld Festival in Houston, Tx.
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“My fans … My fans really mean the world to me and I always just want to give them a positive experience and every time I can find out what’s going on I stop the show and help them get the help they “need, you know? I just could never imagine the seriousness of the situation,” Scott said.

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There is actually evidence to suggest that there was confusion near the scene of what happened in the crowd. A source close to Astroworld noted that videos of the concert show that police officers recorded videos of the performance well after some first aiders had been deployed, apparently suggesting that even they were not aware of how serious the situation was during the concert. .

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