This comes following a statement made from Travis Scott's attorney Edwin F. McPherson earlier on Thursday, which reads:
"There has been multiple finger-pointing, much of which has been by city officials, who have sent inconsistent messages and have backtracked from original statements. Houston Police Chief Troy Finner was quoted in the New York Times as saying 'You cannot just close when you got 50,000 and over 50,000 individuals. We have to worry about rioting, riots, when you have a group that’s that young.' Yet, just a short time later, Chief Finner states the responsibility to stop the show falls on Travis.
It was reported that the Operations Plan designated that only the festival director and executive producers have authority to stop the show, neither of which is part of Travis’s crew. This also runs afoul of HPD’s own previous actions when it shut down the power and sound at this very festival when the performance ran over 5 minutes back in 2019.
Investigations should start proceeding over finger-pointing so that together, we can identify exactly what transpired and how we can prevent anything like this from happening again."
More than forty-six lawsuits have been filed against Travis Scott and the festival's organizers in the direct aftermath of the tragedy. Scott announced that he was going to refund every Astroworld ticket, as well as provide free mental health support for anybody affected by partnering with BetterHelp. He also canceled his upcoming performances in Las Vegas and Saudi Arabia.