(TEXAS) AstroWorld Report: CEO Could receive a ‘Golden Parachute ‘ even though at least 14 civil lawsuits have been filed against promoter Live Nation Entertainment Inc or its subsidiary in the days since the incident #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.11: As the entertainment industry grapples with fallout of the Astroworld disaster, in which eight people were killed and hundreds injured in an apparent crowd surge, attention has turned to the artist’s past conduct — and his unique style of performance.

#AceDailyNews says according to Reuters Report: Raging’ in the spotlight as Travis Scott video resurfaces in wake of Astroworld disaster: A Travis Scott show is crowd surfing, moshing, sweat, blood and vomit,” the interview opens Could he be liable? Astroworld Organizer’s CEO Could Get Massive Golden Parachute // The Daily Beast

Travis Scott on stage with one arm in the arm in front of stage smoke.
Attention has turned to the artist’s past conduct — and his unique style of performance.(AP: Amy Harris/Invision)

“And that’s just Travis himself.”

A mass of people scream and cheer from the front fence of a mosh pit holding mobile phones at night
The Astroworld festival was declared a “mass casualty” event.(AP: Jamaal Ellis/Houston Chronicle )

A 2015 interview with British GQ, titled How to Rage with Travis Scott, has resurfaced in light of the tragedy.

And it’s prompted questions about whether the incident could have been prevented.

What is raging?

The profile offers Travis Scott’s “personal insight to raging”, adding audiences should “file this wisdom away for a rowdy night”.The terrifying science behind the crowd crush: This is the moment a group turns deadlyInvestigators are scrambling to get to the bottom of what caused a deadly crowd crush at Travis Scott’s Astroworld festival.

“Since I was six I wanted to be a f***ing wrestler,” the artist muses over file footage of wild crowds.

The science behind it is frighteningly simple.

“So performances, I always wanted to make it feel like it was the WWF or some s***.

“You know, raging, you know, having fun.”

He continues that “raging and having fun and expressing good feelings is something I plan on doing and spreading across the globe”, before offering: “I don’t need a stage to f***ing perform”.

“We just need something to stand on — it could be somebody. I just need a platform.”

Have there been incidents at his concerts before?

In isolation, the comments are seemingly innocuous.

But critics suggest they speak to a wider disregard for the safety of those at the rapper’s performances.

In 2015, Travis Scott was arrested and charged over an incident at Lollapalooza, with police accusing him of urging fans to jump over security barricades. 

During the same performance, he yells to the crowd: “We want rage”.

A review from Complex the same year — titled “I Tried Not to Die at Travi$ Scott and Young Thug’s Show Last Night” — dubbed the artist’s performance “a turnt-up fight for survival”.

“I was pretty certain I’d be sacrificing if not my life then full functionality of a major limb, going into a standing-only show starring a dude who literally incites riots,” it read.

“Five minutes into his set, Travi$ declared this show wasn’t for the ‘pussies’ and pointed said weak-willed non-turner-uppers to the exit.”

At least 14 civil lawsuits have been filed against promoter Live Nation Entertainment Inc or its subsidiary in the days since the incident.

Of those, 10 name Travis Scott as a defendant, while one names Drake, a fellow rapper and guest performer.The Astroworld crowd crush is not the first time safety at Travis Scott concerts has been questioned Eight people are dead and many more injured following Travis Scott’s Astroworld show in Houston. But this is not the first time the rapper has been in trouble with the law over dangerous activity at his shows.

Kristian Paredes, who named both artists as defendants, said Travis Scott had “incited mayhem or chaos at prior events” and that Drake was aware of his previous conduct.

The lawsuits generally claim that Live Nation acted negligently by failing to create and enforce proper safety protocols, failing to provide adequate security and failing to maintain proper crowd control.

While experts say concert organisers and promoters are the most likely party to face liability because they determined the level of security, Travis Scott’s previous behaviour could help plaintiffs build a case against him.

“You have to know at some point that if you keep pushing it, this is the kind of tragedy that will result,” said Richard Mithoff, a Houston personal injury lawyer.

Mr Mithoff said the rapper’s record could help plaintiffs establish “gross negligence”, meaning an almost total disregard for others’ safety.

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The CEO of Live Nation, one of the organizers of last week’s deadly Astroworld music festival, could potentially snag a nine-figure golden parachute even if the fallout costs him his job.

According to public filings, chief executive Michael Rapino’s exit package was worth $168 million as of the end of last year, including accelerated stock option awards, medical benefits, and more than $40 million in severance.

That number would likely now be considerably higher, as Live Nation’s stock is trading close to an all-time high, despite a modest downturn following the festival.

Read more at The Daily Beast.
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