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Astroworld: Dozens more lawsuits filed over deadly festival crush

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Dozens more lawsuits have been filed on behalf of people who say they were injured at the Astroworld Festival where nine people died.

Hundreds were also injured in a crush last weekend during rapper Travis Scott’s headline show at the festival.

A woman who attended the show stated at a press conference that she had no idea she was purchasing a “death ticket.”

“Nobody should ever die as a result of attending a concert,” civil rights attorney Ben Crump said.

“So this lawsuit isn’t just about getting justice for them; it’s also about making sure that the promoters and organisers know that this cannot happen again.”

Attorneys for more than 200 people who claim to have been injured in the stampede told reporters that they plan to file another 90 lawsuits against the event’s organisers.

On Monday, lawsuits were filed including allegations that Scott and surprise performer Drake incited the crowd at Friday’s event, and that Live Nation failed to provide adequate safety measures.

“They saw people being killed. They saw people in agony “Mr Crump spoke about the survivors. “People were literally fighting for their lives just to get out of there,” said one witness.

“We’re not letting anyone off the hook.”

Gertrude Daughtery called it a “nightmare day”

People who attended the show also spoke at the news conference.

“It was a nightmare day,” 59-year-old Gertrude Daughtery said.

“You never know when you’re going to buy a ticket that turns out to be your death ticket,” Ms Daughtery said.

Dishon Isaac, 31, described the show’s setting as a “war zone.”

“I realised I had to get out of there or I’d be crushed to death,” he explained.

“I’ll never forget the terrified expressions on people’s faces.”

Scott, one of the most well-known rap artists, co-founded Astroworld with concert promoters Live Nation in 2018.

Houston Fire Chief Samuel Pea stated this week that Scott should have stopped the show sooner.

According to a statement, Scott has asked victims to contact him, saying he “desperately wishes to share his condolences and provide aid.”

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