Travis Scott is one of many defendants named in a wrongful death case filed by a lady who alleges she was injured “horribly” at the Astroworld catastrophe, which ended in a miscarriage.
Shanazia Williamson filed a lawsuit in Harris County, Texas, alleging that she was among those “trampled and crushed” at the 2021 music festival, resulting in “horrific injuries and ultimately the loss of her and [her partner Jarawd Owens’] unborn child.” Williamson is also suing Live Nation Entertainment and the owners of NRG Park in Houston, where the festival took place, among others.
Williamson argues that the defendants’ “failure to plan, create, manage, run, staff, and supervise the event was a direct and proximate cause of [her] injuries and loss of [their] unborn child,” though she did not specify how far along she was in her pregnancy. Williamson further contends that the defendants “acted intentionally and/or recklessly, constituting gross negligence.” Williams is seeking damages of more than $1 million.
It’s worth noting that a Texas statute clearly stipulates that fetuses that die as a result of negligence can be the subject of a wrongful death lawsuit. According to Rolling Stone, from the moment of fertilization, fetuses are eligible in these claims under the state’s Civil Practice and Remedies Code.
Following the disaster that left ten people dead and hundreds injured, Scott is facing a slew of lawsuits, including a $2 billion lawsuit filed on behalf of 280 victims by Texas trial attorney Thomas J. Henry. The medical examiner determined that all 10 people killed during the festival died of “compression asphyxia,” as described by officials. It was determined that the manner was unintentional.
Scott spoke up for the first time about a month after the disaster, in an hour-long interview, denying hearing any signals of discomfort from the audience while he was singing.
“It’s odd because I’m also an artist. You want to turn off the program whenever you hear something like that. You want to ensure that supporters get the attention they deserve “he said. “I did whenever I could see something similar. I paused it a few times to make sure everyone was okay. And I really just go by the collective spirit of the fans, call, and response. That was something I didn’t hear.”
Scott has now pledged to memorialize the victims by launching his Project Heal, which will focus on event safety, among other things. The rapper performed in Miami last weekend, marking his first public appearance since the tragedy.