Astroworld Festival Fiasco: Drake Walks Free from Deadly Lawsuit

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On Wednesday, April 10, 2024, a judge dismissed hip-hop artist Drake from a lawsuit related to the deadly 2021 Astroworld festival in Houston, where 10 people were killed.

Drake’s performance as a special guest with headliner Travis Scott at the festival was part of the event in which attendees were packed so tightly that many could not breathe or move their arms or legs.

Families Sued Drake, Scott, and Live Nation

The families of the 10 people who died and hundreds who were injured during the festival sued Drake, Scott, Live Nation (the festival’s promoter), and other individuals and entities.

Many of those sued, including Drake and Scott, requested state District Judge Kristen Hawkins to dismiss the lawsuits against them.

Judge Hawkins dismissed Drake from the case in a brief order. Lawyers for the Canadian rapper argued he was not involved in organizing the concert, making him not liable for the deaths and injuries that occurred.

During a deposition in November in Toronto, Drake stated he was not aware that people in the crowd were suffering cardiac arrests or other injuries when he was on stage. He noted that the crowd looked like a blur, and he couldn’t make out any details.

Lawsuit Progress and Settlements

On Monday, Judge Hawkins dismissed seven companies and individuals who had been sued. However, she denied motions to dismiss filed by 10 other companies and individuals, including Apple Inc., which produced a livestream of the concert, and two companies associated with Travis Scott.

The judge is set to hear other motions to dismiss, including one related to Scott as an individual, on Monday.

Houston Police investigated the festival, but no charges were filed against Scott. In June, a grand jury declined to indict Scott and five others on any criminal counts related to the concert tragedy. Police Chief Troy Finner did not reveal the overall conclusion of the investigation.

Lawsuit Settlements and Future Trials

Several lawsuits have been settled since the tragedy, including those filed by the families of four of the people killed during the concert. Most recently, the family of 23-year-old Rodolfo “Rudy” Peña reached a settlement, announced on Feb. 5.

The first trial of the ongoing lawsuits is scheduled for May 6. Those killed at the festival ranged in age from 9 to 27 and died from compression asphyxia, an expert likened the impact to being crushed by a car.

The tragedy at the Astroworld festival continues to have legal repercussions for the parties involved, with some seeking closure through settlements and others pressing for accountability in upcoming trials.

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