Travis Scott Says He Was Not Aware People Were Injured at Astroworld Until After Set
16:35 GMT 09.12.2021 (Updated: 16:36 GMT 09.12.2021)
© AP Photo / Amy HarrisTravis Scott performs at Day 1 of the Astroworld Music Festival at NRG Park on Friday, Nov. 5, 2021, in Houston.
© AP Photo / Amy Harris
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Rapper Travis Scott denied on Thursday having any knowledge that some fans were gravely injured during his performance at the tragic Astroworld music festival in Texas, which resulted in 10 people dead, until later on.
"I didn’t know the exact details until minutes before the press conference [after my set]," Scott said in his first interview after the tragedy, uploaded by American TV and radio personality Charlamagne Tha God.
The rapper said he did not hear any calls of distress from the crowd that would make him stop the show, but explained that it was hard to see clearly from the stage due to the lighting and pyrotechnics. He also noted that accidents happen during concerts, such as people passing out, especially since his shows are famous for being rowdy, but usually the venue staff is in charge of fan safety and security.
7 December 2021, 08:48 GMT
There were about 50,000 people in attendance at the festival on 5 November where a crowd surge started late in the evening during Scott's performance. Eight people, including two teenagers under the age of 18, were pronounced dead the night of the concert. Over two dozen people were hospitalized, including five minors. Two of the victims, one of them a 9-year-old boy, died a few days later. Scott reportedly stopped his set several times to ask security to help the fans get out of the crowd.