Rapper Travis Scott has been named in a federal class-action lawsuit in Illinois over an incident at his concert in May.
The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Chicago on June 29 by Illinois families John and Shana Pickering against Live Nation and Scott, claims the concert promoter did not do enough to stop the unruly fans who pushed and “tossed concertgoers, threw themselves on top of concertgoers, and threw objects” to get closer to the stage in Chicago. The fan pushed into an audience member, resulting in the death of another fan.
According to the suit, Scott should have known the crowd was going to behave violently as Scott, 29, told security at the beginning of the show, “There are no rules to this city, it’s just let it get f–ked up.”
John Pickering was at the concert along with his wife Shana and four children under the age of 10. They were sitting in the front row of the amphitheater when they were subject to extremely loud noise, extreme air-conditioning and raucous people. The suit states that one person jumped from the south side of the lawn area into the front row of the concert, sending the parents’ son to the ground.
The Pickering family tried to leave the concert “before any further disruptions occurred,” but they were “refused multiple exits” by concert security.
Scott wrote on Instagram at the time: “We went out with a bang!!! I love you. I’m here for you and I will tell you. I love y’all.”
The lawsuit also says Scott “did not take any responsibility for the events of the evening.”
Live Nation and Scott were not immediately available for comment.
The Chicago Tribune previously reported the concert, which Scott has described as one of his “favorite events of the year,” left some fans with shattered iPhone screens and fake blood on their hands.
Geri Gambino, 31, and his wife, Angelica (also 31), were attending the show with their 16-year-old son Jaden, who accidentally bumped into Scott.
The two men “lost their balance and fell head first into a concrete barrier,” causing Geri Gambino to suffer a concussion and broken finger.