Apple will remain a defendant in civil lawsuit involving deaths, injuries at 2021 Astroworld concert

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Apple and companies affiliated with Travis Scott have to remain as defendants in an ongoing civil lawsuit involving deaths and injuries at the 2021 Astroworld disaster, reports the Houston Chronicle.

Ten people died following a deadly crowd surge at the Nov. 5 2021 concert. Buzbee’s suit, which also names Apple Music — which streamed the event — and Epic Records, alleges gross negligence and seeks damages for “the loss of mental and physical health, and human life.”

Astroworld Festival is an annual music festival run by American rapper Travis Scott, held in Houston, Texas, at NRG Park, on the former site of Six Flags Astroworld.Tickets for the 2021 edition went on sale on May 5, 2021, with the event expanding into a two-night festival on November 5 and 6. Ticket sales for the year were raised to 100,000, double of the year before.

The Houston Chronicle reported that 50,000 fans attended the show, which led to a surge during Scott’s performance at the festival outside NRG Park. At a press conference following the concert, Houston Fire Chief Samuel Peña clarified the timeline. He said that at 9 p.m. the crowd began surging forward during Scott’s set as there was panic and people running for safety. 

At that point, Scott paused the show several times to ask security to help out fans, and members of the fire department were sent into the dense crowd to rescue the injured. At 9:38 p.m. a “mass-casualty incident” was triggered, at which time CPR began to be administered to several unconscious fans.

In November 2021 a US$750 million lawsuit was filed against Apple, promoter Live Nation, and performers Drake and Scott. The lawsuit, filed by Houston attorney Tony Buzbee, said that gross negligence lead to the injuries and deaths at the Astroworld concert.

In recent months, some of the dozens of named defendants have sought to be dismissed from the matter, arguing that plaintiffs hadn’t done enough to connect their role in the concert to the deaths and injuries. Judge Kristen Hawkins’s April 8 orders dismissed some defendants; however, Apple wasn’t among them.

Dennis Sellers
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Dennis Sellers is the editor/publisher of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.