Rapper Travis Scott and other organisers of the Astroworld Festival were sued for $750m after the deadly event

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After the deadly Astroworld music festival crush rapper Travis Scott and other organisers were sued for $750m (£556m) by more than 125 people. Dozens of cases have been filed by survivors and families of those who died. Some claimed Scott and guest star Drake kept performing despite accounts of “lifeless bodies being passed through the crowd in full view of the stage”. The victims were all between the ages of nine and 27. Papers filed in the US also name festival promoters Live Nation; technology giant Apple, which streamed the concert; Scott’s record labels Epic and Cactus Jack; the operators of Houston’s NRG Park venue; and firms who provided security and medical services. After the concert, Scott said on Instagram that he “could just never imagine the severity of the situation” while he was performing. But it’s about life and death and probably time is needed to understand and forget. “Nobody should ever die from going to a concert,” civil rights Attorney Ben Crump said. Some described the scene at the show as a “war zone”. Local authorities are still investigating the deadly incident.

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In a statement released last week following the event, the rapper said he was “distraught” by the events in Houston, Texas, on 5 November and promised to “provide aid” to every affected family. In an Instagram video released after the concert, Scott also said that he “could just never imagine the severity of the situation” while he was performing. Scott, one of the biggest names in rap music, launched Astroworld with concert promoters Live Nation in 2018.