An offer by Travis Scott to pay for the funerals of victims from Astroworld Festival has reportedly been turned down by multiple families.
The families of 9-year-old Ezra Blount, 14-year-old John Hilgert and 27-year-old Danish Baig, who all lost their lives at Travis Scott’s recent Astroworld Festival, have rejected the offer, according to TMZ and Rolling Stone.
Michael Lyons, the attorney who’s representing Baig’s family in a civil lawsuit against Scott and the companies involved told TMZ: “We received a written offer from Travis Scott’s attorney Dan Petrocelli indicating that he would pay $7,500 in funeral burial costs and my clients are rejecting that.”
At least three families of the victims have rejected the offer, with one family apparently branding the offer a “slap in the face”.
Bob Hilliard, the lawyer for Blount’s parents, declined the offer in a letter obtained by Rolling Stone magazine. “I have no doubt Mr. Scott feels remorse,” the letter reads, “The loss of a child is like a faucet of unimaginable pain that has no off handle.”
Hilliard’s letter said: “Your client’s offer is declined.”
Scott’s team reportedly sent the offer to the Blount family’s legal team the day after Ezra’s funeral.
Half of the families of the Astroworld victims have rejected Travis Scott’s offer to cover funeral costs. This isn’t gonna go away for Scott, but I imagine it will not (at least in long term) hurt his career and image.https://t.co/RnyfrKjYst pic.twitter.com/N34pvxDXXO
— Sana Saeed (@SanaSaeed) December 1, 2021
Blount was placed in a medically induced coma in an attempt to overcome brain, liver and kidney trauma but died from his injuries eight days after the festival.
niggas who got top 0.1% for travis scott scared to post they spotify wrapped rn
— Beeb🔻 (@beebinton) December 1, 2021
The tragedy has prompted a mass of legal filings. Over 280 Astroworld Festival concertgoers are represented in just one lawsuit, announced by the Thomas J. Henry Law firm.
The suit names defendants Scott, Drake, Apple Music, and Live Nation, alleging they were negligent with their safety standards and stood to make “an exorbitant amount of money” from the event but chose to “cut corners, cut costs and put the festival attendees at risk.”
In what is already an incredibly sensitive situation, responding to a lawsuit with an insultingly small amount of money may not be the best way to solve things.