Travis Scott hires Donald Trump's lawyer to fight billions worth of Astroworld lawsuits
At least ten people of the 50,000 attendees died due to poor crowd control at the Astroworld concert held on November 5
Rapper Travis Scott (II) is getting ready to appear in court after billions worth of lawsuits were filed against him following the Astroworld concert tragedy.
Reports claim that Travis is reportedly arming himself with a high-powered legal team, including former US President Donald Trump’s lawyer. Travis has teamed up with Daniel Petrocelli, the lawyer who once defended the former US president against fraud lawsuits over the Trump University real estate seminars in 2016. Petrocelli will represent him against his mounting suits, according to reports.
In addition to Daniel Petrocelli, firm partners Steve Brody and Sabrina Strong will also be representing the rapper.
Travis has been named in more than 250 lawsuits, seeking approximately $3 billion in damages, alongside Live Nation, Drake, Apple Music and other festival organisers over the November 5 tragedy in Houston that left 10 concert-goers killed and hundreds injured.
On November 24, Petrocelli reportedly offered to pay for the funeral costs of the victims.
However, on November 29, Bob Hilliard, a lawyer for the family of 9-year-old victim Ezra Blount, shared in a letter that the family has declined the offer. “Your client’s offer is declined. I have no doubt Mr. Scott feels remorse,” the attorney stated.
“His journey ahead will be painful. He must face and hopefully see that he bears some of the responsibility for this tragedy.”
As for now, half of the victims’ families have turned down Travis’ funeral cost offer. A lawyer for the family of 14-year-old John Hilgert dubbed the offer “demeaning and inappropriate”.
The legal representation told media sources on December 1, “It was not an offer they were going to seriously consider. Of all the things this case is about, that's the least of any concern. This family is set on making change and ensuring this never happens at a concert again.”
The lawyer added, “I find offering to pay for funerals frankly demeaning and really inappropriate to the magnitude of the tragedy that unfolded.”
A lawyer for the families of Jacob Jurinek and Franco Patino said that Jacob and Franco’s families “realised quickly that all (Travis) was trying to do was trying to lessen the public outcry on his case.”
Atleast ten people of the 50,000 attendees died due to poor crowd control at the Astroworld concert held on November 5.