Steve Kherkher, a Houston-based attorney who is representing Souza, called the tragedy “predictable and preventable.”
“Tragically, due to Defendants’ motivation for profit at the expense of concertgoers’ health and safety, and due to their encouragement of violence, at least 8 people lost their lives and scores of others were injured at what was supposed to be a night of fun,” Kherkher said.
The lawsuit argues that concertgoers were put in harm’s way when Scott encouraged attendees to breach a security gate:
“This was against a backdrop of multiple reports of tramplings, patrons losing consciousness, patrons being unable to breathe due to profound lack of crowd control, inadequate water, inadequate security, and a lack of exit routes. So many people were hurt, and so few emergency personnel were provided by Defendants, that patrons themselves had to conduct CPR on their fellow concertgoers.”
Court documents also list prior incidents in which Scott was charged for inciting a riot, endangering the welfare of a minor, and encouraging fans to jump the security barrier - which resulted in a security guard being injured.