Deadline has reported that 23-year-old Kristian Paredes of Austin, Texas has become the first person to file a lawsuit in connection to a series of incidents that left eight people dead at the 2021 Astroworld Music Festival.
Represented by attorney Thomas J. Henry, Kristian Paredes has accused Travis Scott, Drake, Live Nation Entertainment and Harris County Sports and Convention Corporation of negligence. He also alleges that Drake and Travis Scott’s actions on Friday evening “incited” a “crowd” that left him “severely injured.”
The report explains that the Austin native was in general admission as Travis Scott and Drake were on stage. He argues that the two continued to perform as the crowd became increasingly out of control, leading to actions that left many injured. As a result, Paredes is seeking nearly one million dollars in compensation.
In the aftermath of Friday’s festival, eight concertgoers have died and nearly two dozen were rushed to the hospital. Houston Fire Chief Same Pena also reported that nearly 300 people were treated at the field hospital throughout the day.
The 2021 Astroworld Festival was cut short after the tragedy. It is unclear if it will ever return.