Find Us

Astroworld: Travis Scott says he didn't know about crowd deaths during performance

Travis Scoot made his first public appearance since the Astroworld disaster on November 5
Travis Scoot made his first public appearance since the Astroworld disaster on November 5 Copyright AP
Copyright AP
By Shannon McDonagh with AP
Published on
Share this articleComments
Share this articleClose Button

The 30-year-old rapper discussed his side of the story in an online interview with Charlamagne Tha God – his first public appearance in over a month since the tragedy happened.


Rapper Travis Scott claims he wasn't made aware of any crowd deaths as he performed on stage at his Astroworld festival in Houston, US.

He made the revelation in a 51-minute interview with TV and radio personality Charlamagne Tha God, posted on YouTube on December 9.

It is first time he has spoken publicly about the tragedy, in which 10 lives were lost, since a poorly-received apology was posted the day after the event to his Instagram account.

"It wasn't really until minutes before the press conference until I figured out exactly what happened. Even after the show, you're just kind of hearing things, but I didn't know the exact details until minutes before the press conference," Scott said.

He said he paused the performance a couple of times, but he couldn't hear fans screaming for help.

"I stopped like a couple of times just to make sure everybody was OK," said Scott. "I just really go off the fans energy as a collective, you know? Call and response. I just didn't, I just didn't hear that."

Victim representatives claim his appearance was 'lawyer-driven'

"Travis Scott, his entourage, handlers, promoters, managers, hangers on and everyone else who enable him are the problem," said Tony Buzbee, an attorney representing the family of 21-year-old Axel Acosta Avila who died, in a statement,

"Everything that Travis Scott has done or said since ten people died and hundreds of others were injured at his concert has been lawyer driven and calculated to shift blame from him to someone else."

Scott was the headliner and creator of the Astroworld festival, where 50,000 people were in the audience.

Scott's set turned deadly as fans surged toward the stage. The youngest victim was 9-year-old Ezra Blount.

The others who died ranged in age from 14 to 27. Some 300 people were injured and treated at the festival site and 25 were taken to hospitals.

More than 300 lawsuits have been filed so far in Houston and will be consolidated and handled by one judge.

Scott, concert promoter Live Nation and other companies associated with the event are among those being sued.

Additionally, Scott and the event organisers are the focus of a criminal investigation by Houston police. No one has been charged, and no timetable has been set for when the investigation would be completed.

Scott also denies a history of encouraging fans to ignore security

Day One of the festival in Houston – hours before the carnage that would cost 10 livesAP

In the interview, Scott denied that his history of encouraging fans to rush the stage or push past security contributed to the chaos at Astroworld.


"People didn't just show up there to be harmful," said Scott. "People showed up to have a good time and something unfortunate happened."

Scott said he had private discussions with some of the families of the victims. He also said that he understood why some families declined his offer to pay for funeral expenses.

"I'm always going to be here to want to help them," Scott said of the victims' families. "I gotta continue to show up for that. I just wanted to make sure they knew that I was there for them and continue to be there for them."

Scott said that he wants to know more about what caused the deaths and be a leader in finding ways to prevent similar tragedies from happening at other live events.


"I have a responsibility to figure out what happened here. I have a responsibility to figure out the solution," said Scott.

Share this articleComments

You might also like