Speaking on behalf of more than 280 victims in Texas, lawyer Thomas J Henry filed a lawsuit on Thursday, Nov. 18, looking for $2 billions in compensation for physical and psychological damages.
The Texas-based lawyer also wants to send a message, “what happened at Astroworld cannot happen again”, as reported by Fox News.
The long list of defendants includes rappers Travis Scott and Drake, Live Nation, Apple Music and Harris County Sports & Convention Corporation, the venue where the incident occurred, among others.
Ten victims lost their lives in the catastrophe at Astroworld in Houston, Texas, on Nov. 5th, including Ezra Blout, a nine-year-old boy who died in hospital on Sunday on Nov.14. Hundreds were seriously hurt during a crowd surge at Scott’s performance.
The statement said: “The defendants stood to make an exorbitant amount of money off of this event, and they still chose to cut corners, cut costs, and put attendees at risk.”
Henry stated that an additional 120 persons had inquired about his firm’s services. Those who have suffered emotional and psychological harm, Henry alleged in a previous interview with The Hollywood Life.
“They have injuries ranging from heart attacks, to heart issues, to brain injuries, to spinal injuries, to broken bones, broken legs, eye injuries, internal organ injuries, bruising and bleeding,” he explained.
Because they had to “step over dead bodies,” he claimed, his clients are still traumatized.
Since there was nowhere else to escape, they had no option but to stay. “These people were trapped. They couldn’t breathe. They couldn’t get out,” added Henry, he wants “billions of dollars” in compensation for those victims.
According to the lawsuit, Apple’s multi-million dollar contract for exclusive streaming rights to the event threatened the safety of guests, “Early reports from the investigation of the Astroworld catastrophe indicate that the premises were arranged in a fashion that best served Apple’s online streaming of the concert at the detriment to concertgoer safety.”
This is not the only lawsuit presented, neither the first one.
There was another lawsuit filed against Drake and Scott earlier this week by Houston attorney Tony Buzbee claiming damages for US$750 million on behalf of 125 clients.
Apple Music and Live Nation are also named as defendants in this lawsuit, which was filed on Tuesday, Nov. 16.