Travis Scott's lawyer hits back at "finger-pointing" in Astroworld investigation
Houston, Texas - Travis Scott was on stage when people died on the ground below at his Astroworld show – but his lawyer wants everyone to stop looking at him.
In a lengthy statement issued late on Wednesday, the Houston rapper’s lawyer, Edwin F McPherson, tried to pivot blame back to the city, not Scott, for the chaos that ensued at Friday’s deadly concert.
"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 said.
"Houston Police Chief Troy Finner was quoted in the New York Times as saying, 'You cannot just close when you got 50,000 and over 50,000 individuals. We have to worry about rioting, riots, when you have a group that’s that young.' Yet, just a short time later, Chief Finner states the responsibility to stop the show falls on Travis."
Dozens of lawsuits have been filed already, many naming Scott and accusing him of negligence for not stopping the show. City officials, including Houston Fire Department Chief Samuel Pena, have publicly said that Scott was responsible.
No criminal charges have been filed yet.
"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 said.
The death toll following the disaster reached nine on Thursday after 22-year-old student Bharti Shahani passed away.
Cover photo: Screenshot/Instagram/Travis Scott