Travis Scott at his Astroworld festival. Rick Kern/Getty Images
Travis Scott was said to be at an afterparty when he heard people died at Astroworld, TMZ reported.
One source told the outlet the rapper left immediately after he was told about what had happened.
TMZ reported that the party was hosted by Drake, who was also said to be unaware of the deaths.
TMZ cited sources close to the rapper as saying Scott was unaware before leaving the concert that eight people had died and hundreds more were injured there. One source told the outlet that Scott left the party immediately upon learning of the deaths.
“Travis didn’t know the severity of the situation when he arrived at the party, as far as timing, this remains consistent with the fact that no one including the police had publicly confirmed the gravity of the events that had taken place,” TMZ quoted unnamed “sources” as saying.
Sources told the Houston outlet ABC13 that Scott left the party sometime Saturday morning.
The party was a prescheduled event hosted by the rapper Drake, who was a surprise guest at the Astroworld music festival and was also said to be unaware of what had unfolded, TMZ reported.
The Sun also reported, citing a source, that the party at Dave & Buster’s was “low-key.” The newspaper also reported that its source said Scott left after he was told of the severity of the situation.
“Everyone knew people died but it wasn’t taken that seriously because some thought it was drug deaths, they didn’t realize,” the source, who was unnamed, said.
Drake broke his silence in a Tuesday Instagram post. “I’ve spent the past few days trying to wrap my mind around this devastating tragedy,” he wrote, adding: “My heart is broken for the families and friends of those who lost their lives and for anyone who is suffering.”
Scott also said he was “absolutely devastated” by what took place and that he was cooperating with authorities, CNN reported.
Concertgoers have filed at least 17 lawsuits alleging that Scott and the concert promoter Live Nation were responsible for the deadly crowd surge, USA Today reported.
Among them is the family of a 9-year-old boy who is in a coma after he fell off his father’s shoulders and was trampled.
The Houston Police Department, Dave & Buster’s, and representatives for Travis Scott did not immediately respond to requests for comment for this story.
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