Attorneys Ben Crump, Alex Hilliard announce about 100 lawsuits with Astroworld fest victims

‘This should have never, ever happened,’ Crump says

Attorneys Ben Crump and Alex Hilliard discussed the lawsuits filed on behalf of almost 100 victims of the Astroworld Festival tragedy. (KPRC)

A week after the deadly crowd surge at the Astroworld music festival in Houston, Travis Scott and promoter Live Nation are facing dozens of lawsuits in the tragedy that killed nine people.

On Friday morning, personal injury attorneys Ben Crump and Alex Hilliard held a news conference in Houston to announce the filing of about 100 lawsuits on behalf of festival attendees.

Crump, who is also a civil rights lawyer, said they are representing victims who were injured “mentally, physically and psychologically.”

He added that they collected the details and evidence that the plaintiffs were present at the festival and sustained injuries.

“We will make sure that they get justice because this should have never, ever happened,” Crump said, criticizing the performers and organizers for not stopping the show as the situation evolved.

One of the victims that Crump is representing is 9-year-old Ezra Blount. The boy remains hospitalized in a medically induced coma.

“We are praying for a miracle with his parents and his entire family,” Crump said.

Several festival attendees also spoke at the news conference.

The tragedy unfolded Friday night at NRG Park when Scott emerged on stage in front of about 50,000 fans. The crowd surged toward the stage, causing revelers to crash into each other and overwhelming medics and security.

More than 300 people were treated at a field hospital and eight people died during the festival. A ninth victim succumbed to her injures on Wednesday.

The Astroworld victims have been identified as:

  • John Hilgert, 14
  • Bharti Shahan, 22,
  • Brianna Rodriguez, 16
  • Franco Patino, 21
  • Danish Baig, 27
  • Jacob Jurinek, 20
  • Axel Acosta, 21
  • Rodolfo Peña, 23
  • Madison Dubiski, 23

Texas personal injury attorney Thomas J. Henry has also announced he is representing victims. One of the most recent claims against Scott comes from three San Antonio families who are being represented by attorney Marco Crawford.

Also on Friday, Cesar Ornelas Law is expected to make an announcement regarding lawsuits in San Antonio. That information will be available on later on Friday.

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