Travis Scott‘s attorney has issued a statement saying that authorities should stop insinuating that the rapper is to blame for the tragedy at last weekend’s Astroworld Festival — which left eight fans dead and hundreds more injured — because Scott didn’t immediately stop the show.
In the statement, obtained by ABC News, Attorney Edwin F. McPherson said, “There has been multiple finger-pointing, much of which has been by city officials, who have sent inconsistent messages and have backtracked from original statements.”
McPherson goes on to say that Houston Police Chief Troy Finner had been quoted as saying that officials felt they couldn’t stop the concert because there were 50,000 people there, and they were concerned that “a group [of fans] that young” would start to riot. However, McPherson says that Finner later stated that it was Travis Scott’s responsibility to stop the show.
McPherson notes, “It was reported that the Operations Plan designated that only the festival director and executive producers have authority to stop the show, neither of which is part of Travis’s crew.”
McPherson also points out that at 2019’s Astroworld Festival, it was the Houston PD that “shut down the power and sound…when the performance ran over 5 minutes.”
“Investigations should start proceeding over finger-pointing so that together, we can identify exactly what transpired and how we can prevent anything like this from happening again,” McPherson concludes.
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