Update as of Nov. 14
Ezra Blount, the nine-year-old who was trampled has passed away from his injuries. Blount was placed in a medically induced coma on life support in an attempt to combat his injuries.
“The Blount family tonight is grieving the incomprehensible loss of their precious young son,” released Crump in a statement. “This should not have been the outcome of taking their son to a concert, what should have been a joyful celebration. Ezra’s death is absolutely heartbreaking. We are committed to seeking answers and justice for the Blount family. But tonight we stand in solidarity with the family, in grief, and in prayer.”
Update as of Nov. 11
The death from Astroworld has now increased to nine after 22-year old Bharti Shahani passed away from her injuries.
Update as of Nov. 9
Another victim has hired Crump to handle their lawsuit against Travis Scott after the aftermath at Astroworld.
Crump will now be representing the father of E.B a nine-year-old who was trampled and catastrophically injured at the festival.
“This young child and his family will face life-altering trauma from this day forward, a reality that nobody expects when they buy concert tickets. Concerts and music festivals such as this are meant to be a safe place for people of all ages to enjoy music in a controlled environment. None of that was true about the Astroworld Festival,” said Crump in a press release. “This little boy is currently fighting for his life, and his parents will never know the same child they entered Astroworld with.”
E.B is currently in a medically induced coma and on life support as the hospital staff is attempting to combat the trauma to his brain, liver, and kidney.
The lawsuit filed alleges the defendants failed to stop the performance until after 40 minutes after city officials said “mass casualty event” had started. The lawsuit also alleges negligence including crowd control, failure to provide proper medical attention, hiring, training, supervision, and retention.
“We plan to hold everyone who had a hand in this festival accountable for the horrifying and traumatic injuries that this helpless child sustained,” said Alex Hilliard, a colleague of Crump who is also on the case.
During a crowd surge of 50,000 people at the sold-out concert for Astroworld by rap star Travis Scott, eight people were killed and dozens more were admitted to nearby medical tents.
As Travis Scott took the stage at 9 pm, fans began crowding the stage closer and closer. Already packed too tightly, those in front were unable to keep their upright footing and were trampled by the thousands of others pushing their way to the front. Despite having experienced security to monitor the situation, the unconscious bodies increased and security became overwhelmed by the rupturing panic. As stampedes of fans grew out of control and terror palpable, chants broke out to “stop the show.” However, the music never stopped, the lights never came on, and hundreds were injured amidst the eight deceased audience members.
One audience member (21-year-old Noah Gutierrez) recalled the scene of chaos as people screaming for help from the floor level as he and others in the elevated VIP section tried to lift them out. This 21-year-old man sought out nationally renowned attorney Ben Crump to represent him as a victim of the concert. Crump has since released the statement publicly that he intends to gain more clientele to represent in the Astroworld tragedy.
“We are hearing horrific accounts of the terror and helplessness people experienced—the horror of a crushing crowd and the awful trauma of watching people die while trying unsuccessfully to save them. We urge others who suffered physical or emotional injury or witnessed the events of that day to contact us at astroworldclaimshelp.com. we will be pursuing justice for all our clients who were harmed this tragic and preventable event.”
Figuring out how a crowd surge could have turned so sinister within 15 minutes of the headliner taking the stage and what could have been done to de-escalate the situation has now taken the form of a criminal investigation. Undoubtedly, a class action lawsuit will come against Travis Scott with his concert being the root of all relevant lawsuits.
Meanwhile, Scott will be facing investigations into his protocols and awareness of the chaos that unraveled before him to determine what charges, if any, he will face.