Miguel Custodio on the Astroworld Lawsuits: Lasting change is not likely

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After a month of facing an onslaught of public scrutiny and multi-billion dollar lawsuits, rapper Travis Scott sat down with radio and talk show host Charlamagne tha God last Thursday, Dec. 9 for his first interview since the deadly crowd surge at his Astroworld festival that killed 10 and injured hundreds.

In an attempt to refute the allegations that he continued to perform despite having knowledge of the deaths, Scott claimed he didn’t know what happened until after the show and that from his position on stage, he was unable to tell the difference between the audience enjoying the show versus being in danger.

This interview comes after more than 300 lawsuits have been filed against Scott, concert promoter Live Nation and other companies associated with the festival with plaintiffs altogether seeking a breath-taking $14 billion — thus far. According to the Associated Press, while no one has been charged yet, Scott and event organizers are the focus of a criminal investigation by Houston police.

Early on, reporters turned to Miguel Custodio, accident and personal injury lawyer and co-founder of Custodio & Dubey LLP, to make sense of the tragedy.

In Vice, Custodio anticipated the size and scope of the liability lawsuits that would be filed. “We’re going to continue to see a massive number of lawsuits. Potentially, everyone who was at the show and had a ticket could file a claim for damages,” he said. “It will be difficult to differentiate between people who were caught up in the surge and those who were not. This was the main event, so everybody would have been gathered around the stage and many of them likely walked away with cuts and bruises or PTSD. So the class of plaintiffs could potentially be every ticketed guest.”

As the investigation continues in Houston and victims file more lawsuits, concertgoers are looking to city officials and event organizers to ensure that no one else has to experience anything similar to what happened at Astroworld. It’s important to note, however, that fatalities at concerts have occurred multiple times before.

While this tragedy demonstrated significant changes need to be made to make arena concerts safer, and to prevent another Astroworld, Custodio said lawsuits from the families of those who died and from those injured will not be enough to make a difference. "I doubt that lasting change will come to the concert industry from the civil lawsuits. Lawmakers in some states might impose new regulations. We may see pressure to require seating at the front of an audience, to avoid people being pushed right up to the base of the stage. But music festivals are held every year across the country and they generate billions of dollars for the economy. I just don't see a world where people are never squeezed together at a concert.”

If you have suffered injury or harm due to negligent preparation at a large event, the attorneys at Custodio & Dubey LLP are ready to help you recover compensation.

Travis Scott performing on stage