More families have rejected Travis Scott’s offer to pay for the funeral expenses of Astroworld victims.
The tragedy claimed the lives of ten people, with hundreds injured after crowd surges during Scott’s headline performance.
According to Rolling Stone, of the ten people who died during the Astroworld tragedy, five of their families have so far rejected Scott’s offer to cover funeral costs. Among them is the family of nine-year-old Ezra Blount, the youngest victim of the festival. Also rejecting the offer are the families of Jacob Jurinek, Franco Patino, Axel Acosta and John Hilgert.
Richard Mithoff, the lawyer representing the Hilgerts, said the family would never “seriously consider” Scott’s offer: “Of all the things this case is about, that’s the least of any concern. This family is set on making change and ensuring this never happens at a concert again. I find offering to pay for funerals frankly demeaning and really inappropriate to the magnitude of the tragedy that unfolded.”
Tony Buzbee, the lawyer for the Acosta family, also commented, labelling the offer “bulls**t”.
“If you gave a s**t about these families, you wouldn’t have to put out a press release for everyone to see saying he’s willing to pay for a funeral,” he said. “Let the families grieve and shut up, that’s it. When something like this happened, there not a whole lot someone like Travis Scott could do to assuage their pain.”
“He says he feels sorry for them but he’s quick to say it wasn’t his fault.” He added, “He’s no different than any defendant pointing fingers to someone else.”
Meanwhile, Sky News shared a letter from the Blount family lawyer, Bob Hillard: “I have no doubt Mr Scott feels remorse. His journey ahead will be painful. He must face and hopefully see that he bears some of the responsibility for this tragedy.”