Medical treatment

Nearly 2,400 people needed medical attention following Astroworld festival tragedy, court filing says

Nearly 2,400 people needed medical attention following a deadly surge in crowds last year at Travis Scott’s Astroworld music festival in Houston, according to a court filing.

Attorneys on behalf of some of the victims filed a new document Monday in Harris County detailing injuries that required “extensive” and “less extensive” treatment following the Nov. 5, 2021, tragedy at NRG Park.

According to the filing, 732 people sought extensive treatment for their injuries. Another 1,649 people needed less extensive treatment, he says. More than 2,500 cases are still under review.

“Plaintiffs will continue to assess and update this for the Court as additional information and details are received and reviewed,” the filing reads.

Lawyers did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Thursday.

A spokesperson for Scott, who hosted the festival, said the rapper was unfairly blamed for the tragedy.

“It is very clear that the tide is turning as authorities and public conversation have focused on concert operators and security providers rather than performers,” the spokesperson said in a statement.

The spokesperson said “all signs point to a strong comeback” for the rapper.

Ten people were killed, including 9-year-old Ezra Blount, the youngest of the victims, when a crowd of around 50,000 began to march towards the scene. The other victims were between 14 and 27 years old. Medical examiners said they all died of compression asphyxiation.

Scott spoke about the gig in an interview last year with radio host Charlamagne Tha God. The rapper said after the show that he “heard things” about what happened but didn’t realize the extent of it initially.

“At the end of the day, these fans are like family, so you feel like you’re losing something. You do these shows, honestly, for people to have the best experience,” he said. “And just to think of something like that happening, you’re just trying to figure it out…just wrap it all up.”

Hundreds of lawsuits have been filed against Scott and the concert organizer, Live Nation, accusing them of negligence. Last year, Scott issued a “general denial” of the claims and asked for several lawsuits to be dismissed.

A spokesperson said Live Nation is cooperating with investigators and “will address all legal matters in a timely manner.”