Third Family Settles Lawsuit Against Travis Scott, Live Nation Over Astroworld Tragedy: Report

A third family has settled a lawsuit filed against Travis Scott after the Astroworld tragedy, Rolling Stone reports. The family of John Hilgert, a 14-year-old boy who died at the 2021 Houston concert, reportedly withdrew their lawsuit against Scott, Live Nation, Scoremore, several security companies, and other festival organizers in February. 

Hilgert’s family is the third bereaved party to settle a lawsuit brought over the crowd crush at NRG Park on November 6, 2021, which resulted in ten deaths and thousands of injuries. The families of Axel Acosta and Brianna Rodriguez, two other Astroworld attendees who died, previously settled their own suits filed after the event. Pitchfork has reached out to representatives for Live Nation, Scott, and the Hilgert family for comment. 

On July 28, Houston police released a 1,266 page report on the Astroworld tragedy that included interviews with Scott, Drake, and concert attendees affected by the crowd crush, which began while Scott was performing onstage. In the report, Scott recalled being told through his earpiece “you got to wrap it up, it’s getting kinda hectic out there,” but stated that he was not made aware of the gravity of the situation until later.  

Last month, Reuters reported that Scott would not be charged criminally in connection with the event, a decision made by a Harris County grand jury after a 19-month investigation. Scott and Live Nation still face multiple civil suits over Astroworld. Scott recently announced a concert at Rome’s Circus Maximus park in support of his latest album Utopia, after a planned show at the Pyramids of Giza was canceled over “complex production issues.”