Travis Scott’s offer to pay funeral expenses for Astroworld victims was rejected by 5 out of 10 families.
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On Monday, the family of 9-year-old Ezra Blount, the youngest victim of the November 5 Astroworld tragedy rejected Travis Scott’s offer to pay funeral expenses. Now, the families of four more victims have also rejected Scott’s offer, saying they would rather let the court decide the best course of justice.
“It’s not an offer they would take seriously,” said legal representative for the 14-year-old victim’s family, John Hilgert. Rolling Stone. “Of all the things this case is about, that is the least concerning. This family is making changes and making sure this never happens at a concert again. I find offering to pay for funerals is really condescending and really doesn’t match the magnitude of the tragedy unfolding.” An attorney for the family Jacob Jurinek and Franco Patiño, both 21, said they “quickly realized that all [Scott] tried to do was try to lessen the public outcry over his case. “It’s bullshit,” added victim family attorney Axel Acosta, 21, “If you were speaking badly about these families, you wouldn’t need to issue a press release to everyone. who saw that he was willing to pay for a funeral.”
Three days after the festival, of which the total ten people died and hundreds were injured While the crowd raged, Scott announced his offer to pay funeral expenses as well as partnership with mental health platform BetterHelp, will provide one month of free therapy to all attendees. However, both offers were met with range of skepticism, especially from the families of the victims, who see this not as real support but more as efforts to fix the public image. “If he tries to impress the families that he is sincere and cares about them and realizes[s] that funerals can be expensive, what Scott’s team did is not the way to do it,” said a family attorney. Rolling Stone, adding that the offer was renewed through a letter from Scott’s legal team. To date, there have been 3 billion dollars in lawsuits filed in connection with Astroworld.
Although Scott was maintain he didn’t know what was going on in the crowd, some Astroworld attendees were be censured him for continuing to perform, not just amid the crowd’s pleas to stop the program but 30 minutes after the police declared it a mass casualty event. When Houston take note note “multiple” pauses during the November concert, Scott known for encourages noisy crowds, which leads to fans wounded in bruises.
The letter from Blount’s family attorney to Scott’s representatives said they “have no doubt Scott feels remorse” and that “his journey ahead will be very painful.” However, it added, “he must face and hope that he bears some of the responsibility for this tragedy.”
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