AstroWorld’s deadly influx of people killed 10 people and injured hundreds in November, rapper Travis Scott has announced that he will pay for the funerals of the victims. Half of them have since rejected the offer.
Through Rolling stone, the family of the youngest victim, nine-year-old Ezra Blount, were the first to refuse. Now four more are saying “no, thank you”. According to lawyers representing the families, Scott’s offer was more about the public lens than an expression of remorse.
“It was not an offer [the Hilgerts] were seriously considering, ”said Richard Mithoff, the lawyer representing the family of John Hilgert, 14. Rolling stone. “Of all the things this case is about, this is the least of the concerns. This family is determined to make changes and make sure it never happens again at a concert. I find that offering to pay for the funeral is downright humiliating and truly inappropriate for the scale of the tragedy that has unfolded. “
Other lawyers agree. Philip Corboy, who represents the families of Jacob Jurinek and Franco Patino, both 21, said his clients “quickly realized that all he was trying to do was try to reduce the public outcry over his business. case. […] It took them about three seconds each to say ‘No, no, no’.
“If he’s trying to make families understand that he’s sincere and cares about them and realizes that funerals can be expensive, what Scott’s team has done is not the right one.” way to do it, ”Corboy said. “You don’t get a paper in the mail from a Beverly Hills lawyer who says he’s representing Travis Scott. These families are crude right now; that lacks a personal touch.
Axel Acosta’s family representative, 21, Tony Buzbee, also took offense at the offer. He didn’t even answer Scott’s lawyer call. ” That’s bullshit. If you didn’t care about those families, you wouldn’t have to issue a press release for everyone to see saying he’s willing to pay for a funeral.
“Let the families cry and be quiet, that’s all. When something like this happens, there’s not much that someone like Travis Scott can do to ease their pain, ”said Buzbee. “He says he’s sorry for them, but he hastens to say it wasn’t his fault. He is no different from any accused who points the finger at someone else. They don’t want funeral costs from him. Whatever we get from him, we’ll go through the court system. “
Along with Drake, Apple and Live Nation, Travis Scott is currently facing a $ 2 billion lawsuit on behalf of 282 plaintiffs. Another lawsuit, representing 125 plaintiffs and claiming $ 750 million in damages, has also been filed. Buzbee, however, believes they will be “lumped together in one courtroom in Houston”.