Travis Scott insists he didn't know fans were hurt until after Astroworld set in first interview since 10 died in crush

TRAVIS Scott has claimed he was unaware of the deaths at his Astroworld gig until after his set which saw 10 people die in the crush.

The rapper, 30, described the festival in Houston, Texas, on November 5 as an “emotional roller coaster” during in his first interview since the horrifying events.



Scott told Charlamagne Tha God that he only learnt of the deaths just “minutes before the press conference” held by local cops.

"It gets so hard because, you know, I always feel connected with my fans. I went through something and I feel like fans went through something and people’s parents went through something. And it really hurts. It hurts the community, it hurts the city," he said.

“It’s been a lot of thoughts, a lot of feelings, a lot of grieving,” the rapper said. “Just trying to wrap my head around it. I really just want to be there. Wish you could just hold everyone, talk to them, have conversations.”

“It hurts,” he added.

During the hour-long sit-down interview Charlamagne Tha God asked why the concert continued for another 40 minutes after officials declared it was a mass casualty event.

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“They told me, right after the guests get on stage, we’re gonna end the show. And that’s what we did. Other than that, there was no communication," Scott said.

“They didn’t say, 'Stop now?'” Charlamagne Tha God asked.

“No,” Scott replied.

Scott was also quizzed about “raging” culture and if that had in some way contributed to the crush.

“Nah, it’s something I’ve been working on for a while of just creating these experiences… as artists we trust professionals to make sure that if things happen, people leave safely,” he said. “In concerts, we’ve grown it to be an experience of having fun, not harm. It’s about letting go and having fun.”

Scott also admitted he felt some responsibility over the devastating tragedy.

"I have a responsibility to figure out what happened here. I have a responsibility to figure out the solution," he said. "Hopefully this takes a first step for us as artists, having more insight about what’s going on."

It gets so hard because, you know, I always feel connected with my fans. I went through something and I feel like fans went through something and people’s parents went through something. And it really hurts. It hurts the community, it hurts the city.

Scott had previously offered to pay for all the funerals of the victims but it has been rejected by some of the families.

The family of Ezra Blount, 9, the youngest victim, were among those to reject the offer.

Bob Hillard, the Blount’s lawyer wrote in response: “Your client’s offer is declined.

"I have no doubt Mr. Scott feels remorse.

"His journey ahead will be painful.

"He must face and hopefully see that he bears some of the responsibility for this tragedy."

Additionally, Travis is facing several other lawsuits following the tragedy.

Texas-based attorney Thomas J. Henry filed a lawsuit against Kylie Jenner's baby daddy and others involved on behalf of all of the Astroworld victims.

Mr Henry stated: “The defendants stood to make an exorbitant amount of money off of this event, and they still chose to cut corners, cut costs, and put attendees at risk.”

He filed the lawsuit against parties such as Scott, Apple Music, Live Nation, NRG Stadium, and guest performer Drake.

Two security guards who worked at the Astroworld festival also filed a lawsuit, claiming they sustained injuries.

During the festival, 10 people died and hundreds were injured while Travis was performing.

Officials in Texas claim the crowd started to "compress towards the front of the stage" around 9.15pm, causing panic to ensue.



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