- Travis Scott attended an afterparty following the deadly concert in Houston Friday night.
- Scott and Drake, who hosted the party, were reportedly unaware that eight people had died.
- The rapper was sued for ‘inciting the crowd’ and creating mayhem during the concert.
Travis Scott attended a party at Dave & Buster’s after he performed at his Astroworld festival in Houston on Friday night. He was reportedly unaware that eight people had died and dozens of others had been injured during the concert.
“Travis didn’t know the severity of the situation when he arrived at the party, as far as timing, this remains consistent with the fact that no one including the police had publicly confirmed the gravity of the events that had taken place,” the sources said by email. “When someone told Travis at Dave & Buster’s about the tragedy, he immediately left the party.”
Drake, who had made a surprise appearance during the concert, hosted the afterparty.
Concertgoer Alleighya Odom, 21, said Scott had paused the show multiple times to request assistance for fans. A video posted on social media also showed him pausing his performance. The Houston Chronicle reported that he halted his act a number of times throughout the show after he spotted fans in distress near the stage.
Other festivalgoers, however, called out Scott on social media for failing to end the concert. Houston Fire Chief Samuel Peña said on NBC’s “TODAY” show that everyone, “starting from the artist on down,” has a responsibility during shows.
A video posted on social media appeared to show an attendee asking a camera operator to stop the show, but the event continued.
“At one point, there was an ambulance that was trying to make its way through the crowd. And he’s got, the artist has, command of that crowd,” Peña said. “The artist, if he notices something that’s going on, he can certainly pause that performance, turn on the lights and say, ‘Hey, we’re not going to continue until this thing is resolved.’ That’s one way to do it, yes.”
Sources close to Scott said he “was at least 50 yards from that camera operator and did not hear the pleas to end the show.”
Scott’s girlfriend, Kylie Jenner, defended him in an Instagram post, writing “I want to make it clear we weren’t aware of any fatalities until the news came out after the show and in no world would have continued filming or performing.”
Eight people, ages 14 to 27 were killed, and 25 others were taken to hospitals. More than 300 people were treated throughout the event at an on-site field hospital, officials said.
Scott is notorious for high-octane shows and has faced criminal charges twice for riling up his crowds.
Source: NBC News