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Drake fights to be dismissed from Astroworld lawsuits

The rapper’s lawyers argue that he had nothing to do with the incident beyond performing
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Drake is fighting to be dismissed from the web of lawsuits linked to the fatal crowd crush at Travis Scott’s 2021 Astroworld festival.

The rapper was a surprise guest at the Houston festival. He was questioned for hours in a deposition tied to the hundreds of cases that have been filed in Harris County after the fan rush that caused the deaths of 10 people and left hundreds of others injured.

Drake was named in the lawsuits despite his stressing he had no involvement in the planning or the organization. According to Billboard, a new motion filed in Houston shows attorneys for the singer — born Aubrey Drake Graham — are arguing he should never have been involved in the cases.

The lawyers say Drake had no involvement beyond being asked to join Scott on stage and stated festival bosses had “confirmed under oath that Mr. Graham was not involved in any planning.”

“Mr. Graham did not receive any security briefings, was not informed of any crowd control issues, injuries or deaths in the crowd, or any stop show orders at any time either before or during his 14-minute performance,” the lawyers stated. They also argued Drake was unaware of any safety problems before taking to the stage.

The attorneys added Drake instead “arrived at the venue at approximately 7:30 p.m. and remained largely secluded backstage in a trailer until approximately 9:54 p.m. “before he was “informed to take the stage.”

Drake was then said to have “immediately” taken the stage “as requested,” performing for “approximately 14 minutes” before exiting the stage at 10:08 p.m.

Lawyers also said “hundreds of hours” of depositions and “hundreds of thousands of pages” had found no evidence on how Drake could be held liable for negligence.

“Plaintiffs produce no evidence that Mr. Graham actually knew of any risk in the Festival site design and layout, competence or adequacy of Festival staffing and personnel or emergency procedures such as show stop authority,” they said.

The alleged victims will reportedly have a chance to respond to Drake’s motion in the weeks ahead.

Scott has said he was “absolutely devastated” by the festival tragedy, saying he will “always think about it.”

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