Travis Scott Cleared of Criminal Charges in Astroworld Tragedy, Civil Litigation Continues

American rapper Travis Scott will not be subjected to any criminal charges over the 2021 Astroworld concert tragedy that led to multiple casualties, including the deaths of 10 attendees and numerous injuries.

A grand jury in Texas refused to indict the ‘La Flame’ rapper along with five others over the NRG Park festival concert deaths, which were caused due to crowd movement and panic, leading to several injured in the November 5, 2021, concert that had about 50,000 attendees.

The Hollywood Reporter reported that in a press conference on June 29, 2023, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg said,

“In this instance, the grand jury of 228th District Court of Harris County found that no crime did occur, that no single individual was criminally responsible.”

The ten deceased individuals, who belonged between the ages of nine to 27, were killed by compressive asphyxiation. Harris County Institute of Forensic Science ruled the deaths to be an accident.

The verdict follows an 18 months investigation by the Houston Police Department, who determined the criminal investigation to be a tragedy last week.

However, Travis Scott is still facing civil litigation from numerous lawsuits filed against him and the event’s organizers over the disastrous concert tragedy. Lawsuits against him by multiple victims are still active in Texas state courts.

In October 2022, the family of a victim settled with Scott, concert promoters Live Nation, and others. Although, the conditions of that agreement have not been revealed.

BBC reported that both federal officials and Houston authorities have been probing whether Scott, Live Nation, and others enforced sufficient safety standards for the heavily packed concert.

Travis Scott has fans on edge with his upcoming album, ‘Utopia,’ which has very limited details announced but is anticipated to be released on July 21, 2023, and include some great collaborations.

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