Court dismisses Drake from Astroworld lawsuits

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Olly Stabler/REX/Shutterstock (4895471br) Drake New Look Wireless Festival at Finsbury Park, London, Britain - 03 Jul 2015

Drake has successfully been removed as a defendant from lawsuits connected to the 2021 Astroworld festival tragedy.

Following a crowd crush that resulted in 10 deaths and numerous injuries during Travis Scott’s performance in Houston, Texas, over 2,500 individuals filed legal actions.

While most lawsuits targeted Scott and the event organizers, Drake was also named as a defendant in some cases due to his guest appearance at the festival.

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In March, Drake’s lawyers filed a motion to dismiss him from the lawsuits, which was approved this week by District Judge Kristen Hawkins.

The judge also dismissed seven other companies and individuals mentioned in the lawsuits but denied dismissal requests from 10 other parties, including two companies linked to Scott.

Furthermore, Judge Hawkins still needs to rule on Travis Scott’s individual motion in the ongoing legal proceedings.

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Lawyers for Drake had argued that he wasn’t involved in the planning of the show or made aware of any crowd safety problems before his surprise appearance so could not liable for the deaths and injuries.

The first trial over the Astroworld tragedy is scheduled to begin on 6 May.

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