Astroworld Music Festival in Houston, November 2021, is an event remembered for the unfortunate mishap where the concertgoers died of breathlessness and were trampled by the uncontrollable crowd. At this event, a documentary is made and is now released on Friday.
The organizer of the festival, Live Nation, who is being sued for being failed as the festival’s promoters, is concerned that the documentary made on “Concert Crush: The Travis Scott Festival Tragedy” can “taint the jury pool”. Although a stop-up order has been issued, the lawyers of Live Nation have said that an attorney who filed a case against the mishap also have co-produced the documentary.
The director, Charlie Minn, of the documentary, said that had made a balanced documentary that would tell the truth to the audience.
Charlie Minn told the press, “My job is to make the most truthful, honest, sincere documentary from the victim’s point of view. … We need to know about these stories to prevent it from happening again.”
About 500 lawsuits have been issued since the day of the tragedy. Travis Scot has really been in serious trouble as he was alleged to have instigated the crowd to rush towards the stage. Ten people died and hundreds of concertgoers got severe injuries.
The documentary features 11 cities including Houston, Austin, and Dallas. It showed interviews of people who were present there at the event. The cell phone videos of audiences clearly show that they were screaming for help which the organizers were ignorant to.
One of the concertgoers presented in the show but denied appearing in the film said, “It’s hard to explain to friends and family what we saw and what we actually went through and I think (the documentary) will give a lot of people the opportunity, if you weren’t there, to understand.”
The film also suggests that Travis Scott had more to do to prevent the mishap from happening and save some lives too. However, Minn said, the documentary is not a “hit piece toward Travis Scott”
It also questions the responsibility of the Organizers who were negligent to the matter from the beginning. Minn said that Houston police declined to be interviewed for the making of the documentary.
Live Nation’s attorney showed concerns in a letter to the State district Judge Kristen Hawkins who was handling the pretrial matters.
Two attorneys of Live Nation said wrote, “The involvement of plaintiffs’ lawyers in the film, and the publicity the filmmakers and producers are trying to generate for it raise significant issues about efforts to taint the jury pool.”
The representative attorney of 1500 concertgoers Brent Coon said, “I don’t think any lawyer, in this case, could fan the flames much to change … what the public’s perception of all this is going to be.”
He further said about the documentary, “I personally would not co-sponsor something like that during pending civil litigation. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with it. It’s just something I wouldn’t do.”
Minn said, “People have to watch the film and judge it for what that is.”
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