The attorney representing the ‘Sicko Mode’ rapper slams officials for ‘finger-pointing’ and flip-flopping on their statement regarding the deadly Astroworld festival.
AceShowbiz -Travis Scott’s lawyer has hit out at the “inconsistent messages” sent by officials following last week’s (05Nov21) Astroworld tragedy.
Eight people died, two are fighting for life, and hundreds more were injured during a crowd crush at the event on Friday night, with the rapper facing backlash for his handling of the surge and organisation of the event.
However, in a statement to People, Scott’s attorney Edwin F. McPherson addressed “finger-pointing” by city officials, “who have sent inconsistent messages and have backtracked from original statements” regarding the tragedy.
“Houston Police Chief Troy Finner was quoted in the New York Times as saying ‘You cannot just close when you got 50,000 and over 50,000 individuals. We have to worry about rioting, riots, when you have a group that’s that young’,” he continued. “Yet, just a short time later, Chief Finner states the responsibility to stop the show falls on Travis.”
In a press conference on Wednesday, Finner insisted that local officials did not have the power to end Scott’s performance, asserting, “The ultimate authority to end the show is with the production and the entertainer.”
He later insisted he didn’t want to “point fingers” until the investigation was complete, but McPherson added, “It was reported that the Operations Plan designated that only the festival director and executive producers have authority to stop the show, neither of which is part of Travis’s crew.”
“This also runs afoul of HPD’s own previous actions when it shut down the power and sound at this very festival when the performance ran over 5 minutes back in 2019.”
“Investigations should start proceeding over finger-pointing so that together, we can identify exactly what transpired and how we can prevent anything like this from happening again.”
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