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Rapper Scott escapes criminal charges

American rapper Travis Scott has escaped criminal charges for his role in the deadly Astroworld festival, a Houston grand jury decided Thursday.

Ten people died and hundreds more were injured in the Astroworld crowd crush in November 2021, as fans flowed toward the stage to see the rapper perform.

The concert was declared a mass casualty event at 9.38pm but the concert continued until 10.15pm.

Officials previously announced all 10 people, the youngest of whom was 9 years old, died of compression asphyxia due to pressures from the surrounding crowd.

An estimated 50,000 people were at the festival, which is below the maximum capacity of 200,000 under Houston fire code.

In addition to headlining the festival, Scott was one of Astroworld’s promoters, along with Live Nation and ScoreMore.

All three still face numerous civil lawsuits accusing them of negligence, wrongful death and more.

In March, Scott performed at the Rolling Loud festival at Inglewood’s Hollywood Park. It marked his first festival appearance since Astroworld.

Scott has been teasing his upcoming “Utopia” album, recently installing mysterious promotional billboards around Los Angeles.

Romeka Romena
Romeka Romena
Journalist | news@fijilive.com

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