The History of Travis Scott’s Reckless Behavior


Fans Hold a Memorial for the Victims of Astroworld Festival. (Photo Courtesy of CBC News).

Travis Scott, according to past reports, has a long history of reckless behavior when it comes to crowd control and safety, which has resulted in him being arrested twice and having multiple lawsuits. The Astroworld Music Festival ended in chaos and tragedy, but it appears that this isn’t the first time the 30-year-old rapper’s concerts have gone wrong.

The Astroworld Music Festival was held on November 5th at the NRG Park in Scott’s native town, Houston, with 50,000 concert goers. The masses of people raced toward the stage, crushing one another and causing panic. Witnesses and police reported that at least ten people were killed ranging from 8 years old to 27 years old, as hundreds of others were injured amid the chaos. Unconscious bodies were lifted and surfed through the crowd, while other attendees begged for the concert to stop as they watched others around them collapse. It’s a wonder Travis Scott didn’t stop performing as paramedics carried unconscious individuals through the crowd as attendees begged for the show to end when they saw people being trampled.

Scott and the festival grounds face various lawsuits from victims’ families and other festival attendees demanding hundreds of millions of dollars, claiming that the night’s tragedy could have been prevented. In addition, several legal experts believe Scott’s previous instigation of concertgoers establishes a precedent that might make it easier to file negligence claims against the corporations that organized and managed the event.

Scott leaped into the crowd during a concert at the Openair Festival in Switzerland in July 2015, where an attendee allegedly attempted to steal one of his costly Yeezy sneakers. This caused Scott to instantly stop crowd-surfing and halted the show to identify the individual. Scott proceeded to point toward the fan’s direction and encouraged the crowd around him to beat him up as he was screaming expletives. Scott seemed to spit on the fan as security removed him from the audience.

A month later, in August 2015, during Lollapalooza in Chicago, Scott pled guilty to reckless conduct charges and was sentenced to a year of court supervision after police reported he invited attendees to leap over barricades and lead a chant of “We want rage.” As fans stormed the stage, it became so chaotic that officers attempted to apprehend Scott during his performance, to which he momentarily fled the area. 

Scott was charged with similar offenses in May 2017 at a music festival in Fayetteville, Arkansas, after urging fans to join him onstage during the performance. Police accused Scott of instigating a riot during the concert, which injured several people, including a police officer and a security guard, in the stampede to the stage. As a result, Scott pled guilty to disorderly conduct.

A 23-year-old man named Kyle Green was partially paralyzed after being pushed from a third-story balcony during Scott’s concert at New York City in 2017. Travis Scott encouraged another fan to dive into the crowd from a second-floor balcony leading to spectators pushing forward to see the event; Green was forced off from the surge. After being treated for his injuries which included a fractured vertebra, he was taken to the front of the stage, where Scott was amazed at his “fearlessness.” Green stated that individuals were “packed in like sardines” and that it was “difficult to breathe” during the event, echoing similar comments expressed at the Astroworld Festival.

Scott released a statement recounting the Astroworld’s tragedy through an Instagram story and claimed that he was “absolutely devastated by what took place last night. My prayers go out to the families and all of those impacted by what happened at the Astroworld Festival.” He added, “Houston PD has my total support as they continue to look into the tragic loss of life. I am committed to working together with  the Houston community to heal and support the families in need.”