June 29 (Reuters) – A Texas grand jury declined on Thursday to indict rapper Travis Scott and five others on criminal charges in connection with a 2021 music festival that killed 10 people and injured thousands, prosecutors said.
The grand jury hearing is the culmination of a 19-month investigation into the tragedy at Scott’s Astroworld festival in November 2021, said Harris County District Attorney Kim Oak.
„Our investigators and prosecutors gave everything they had to make sure the grand jury could get to the truth,” Oak said.
Scott’s attorney, Kent Shaffer, said the findings confirmed Scott was not responsible for the tragedy at the festival.
„Now that this chapter is closed, we hope the government will try to focus on what’s most important — preventing future heartbreaking tragedies like Astroworld from happening again,” Shaffer said in a statement.
Five others were acquitted, including Live Nation festival manager Brent Silberstein.
„Brent did everything they could to have a safe festival,” said Silberstein’s attorney, Christopher Downey.
Attorneys for the others could not immediately be reached Thursday.
The study stems from a deadly fan uprising at Astroworld in Houston, where thousands were injured when an over-capacity crowd pressed forward as Scott took the stage. 10 people including a 10-year-old boy died due to suffocation.
The tragedy unleashed a wave of lawsuits against Scott and the festival’s organizers, including entertainment company Live Nation ( LYV.N ), which merged with Ticketmaster in 2010.
Plaintiffs Scott, Live Nation, and more than two dozen defendants wanted the concert to appear packed and allowed many people into the venue despite knowing the risks.
At least 4,900 fans were injured, according to lawyers representing victims in lawsuits against Scott and organizers.
Cases are consolidated in Texas state court in a process known as multidistrict litigation, which streamlines the adjudication of similar cases.
The family of one of the victims settled in October 2022 with Scott, Live Nation and others on undisclosed terms.
Other cases are pending, including one filed by the family of a slain 10-year-old boy.
Reporting by Jack Quinn and Mike Spector in New York; Editing by Amy Stevens, Lisa Schumacher and Daniel Wallis
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