Travis Scott, Live Nation Couldn’t Settle Every Astroworld Lawsuit — Case Involving 9-Year-Old Victim Now Slated for September

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Travis Scott and Live Nation have kept their collective nose to the grindstone, settling most of the Astroworld crowd crush lawsuits — but the one involving the youngest victim is now slated to go to trial in September.

One wrongful death lawsuit remains, filed over the 10 attendees killed during the crowd crush incident at Travis Scott’s 2021 Astroworld music festival performance. The lawsuit filed by the family of 9-year-old Ezra Blount, the youngest person killed during the event, has been set for a civil court trial scheduled in September.

On Tuesday, May 14, State District Judge Kristen Hawkins announced the impending trial, with jury selection set to begin on September 10. Should the lawsuit make it to trial rather than reaching a settlement beforehand, it will be the first civil case from Astroworld to go before a jury.

Last week, lawyers announced that the nine other wrongful death lawsuits had been settled out of court. The terms of these settlements remain confidential. Due to a gag order, attorneys are limited in what they can divulge publicly about the remaining case.

Ezra Blount’s family is suing Travis Scott, Live Nation, and other companies and individuals connected to the event, including live streaming partner Apple. Lawyers for the Blount family have asked Judge Hawkins if the trial could be held sooner; Hawkins determined that “various legal and logistical issues made it unlikely” the case could be tried before September.

According to Scott West, an attorney for the Blount family, they still intend to depose Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino before the trial. Live Nation attorneys have fought at every turn against efforts to have Rapino questioned about the festival, asserting he had “no unique knowledge” of the event.

Still, plaintiffs’ attorneys argue that Rapino had a hands-on role in booking Travis Scott for the festival, was uniquely focused on ticket sales and capacity, and sent an email hours after the crowd crush incident saying “if 5 died we could cancel” the festival’s second day. The second day of the festival, of course, was later cancelled.

Hawkins also scheduled the first trial related to the injury cases for October 15, which will focus on seven injury cases. Around 2,400 injury cases filed after the Astroworld crowd crush still remain pending. Altogether, over 4,000 plaintiffs filed hundreds of lawsuits after the event.

Last year, a grand jury declined to indict Scott, along with five others connected to the festival, following a police investigation.