Rapper Travis Scott Has History Of Encouraging Audience To Rush The Stage

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Rapper Travis Scott has canceled his upcoming Astroworld Festival in Las Vegas. This, after fans surged toward the stage during a show on Friday night in Houston, Texas, killing eight people and injuring dozens more. Scott says he is also reimbursing all concert-goers the cost of their tickets. And, he says he is reaching out to the victim’s family members to help them pay for funeral costs. But that is not stopping the families of the victims from pressing charges against Scott and Live Nation and concert promoter Scoremore.

In the past, Scott has faced legal trouble for egging on fans at his show. The Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette reports that Scott pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct in Arkansas. Police say he encouraged people to rush the stage at one of his shows in 2018. Two other misdemeanor charges, including inciting a riot, were dismissed. And in 2015, Scott pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor reckless conduct charge after encouraging fans to rush the stage at Chicago’s Lollapalooza Festival, according to the Chicago Tribune. He was sentenced to a year of court supervision.

As for Friday night’s show, it was stopped briefly three times as the crowd surged. Fans reportedly started screaming “stop the show” to Scott on the stage. Houston’s police chief says a criminal investigation is underway to figure out the cause of the surge.

Our question of the night: do you think this was an accident or should someone be held responsible?

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