Tragedy marked the end of 2021 as California native and rising artist Drakeo The Ruler was killed at a nearby music festival called Once Upon a Time in L.A. As many still mourn his loss, members of the late rapper’s family have taken legal action against those involved in organizing the festival that he was slated to perform at. According to a report from Pitchfork, a wrongful death lawsuit has been filed against Live Nation, C3 Presents and several other organizations that played a role in organizing the event.
Filed under Drakeo The Ruler’s son’s name, Caiden Caldwell, the lawsuit claims that festival organizers were “completely knowledgeable of the potential dangers posed to both their guests and the performers they hired based on numerous past incidents of violence and death at their hip hop events.” Adding on, the lawsuit claims that Live Nation did not place “the safety and wellbeing of its guests and its invited artists ahead of profits.” Finally, the lawsuit claims that if safety precautions were put in place, Drakeo The Ruler may still be alive today.
“There [should] have been an adequate security plan and sufficient security guards and law enforcement presence to have prevented the unnecessary and untimely murder of Drakeo the Ruler at the hands of over 100 deadly gang members who inexplicably gained access to a restricted area of the venue engaging in an unrelenting and unprevented attack for over 10 minutes,” the lawsuit reads.
Drakeo The Ruler’s family is seeking $60 million in various damages and additional expenses. Thus far, Live Nation and its partners have not issued a public statement regarding the matter.