Travis Scott's attorney Edwin F. McPherson has released a statement, denouncing the “multiple finger-pointing” following last Friday’s (November 5th) Astroworld concert. He called out Houston Police Chief Troy Finner who said Scott was responsible to stop the show.
According to Billboard, McPherson said, “The Operations Plan designated that only the festival director and executive producers have authority to stop the show, neither of which is part of Travis’ crew.”
McPherson also accused city officials of putting out “inconsistent messages” and having “backtracked from original statements.” He said, “There has been multiple finger-pointing, much of which has been by city officials, who have sent inconsistent messages and have backtracked from original statements.”
He continued, citing Houston Chief of Police Troy Finner's recent interview with The New York Times were he said the police department did not shut down the festival out of concern fans might riot. McPherson added, “Yet, just a short time later, Chief Finner states the responsibility to stop the show falls on Travis.”
McPherson went on, “It was reported that the Operations Plan designated that only the festival director and executive producers have authority to stop the show, neither of which is part of Travis’s crew. This also runs afoul of HPD’s own previous actions when it shut down the power and sound at this very festival when the performance ran over 5 minutes back in 2019.”
McPherson ended his statement, saying, “Investigations should start proceeding over finger-pointing, so that together, we can identify exactly what transpired and how we can prevent anything like this from happening again.”
THREE FANS STILL IN CRITICAL CONDITION
Meanwhile, as of Wednesday (November 10th), Scott and the Astroworld organizers have received more than 45 lawsuits. In addition, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner revealed that three fans are still in critical condition following the tragedy — with one fan, a 22-year-old college student, declared braindead.