American singer, Travis Scott is facing yet another challenge as more than 5,500 people have signed a petition to stop him from performing at next year’s Coachella Festival following Friday’s Astroworld crowd crush tragedy.
The 30-year-old singer came under fire after eight people died at his Astroworld event in Houston following a stampede. Fans screamed for help shortly after Scott stepped onstage, but it was reported that he continued performing for more than 30 minutes and completed his set.
While Scott has insisted he had no idea what was occurring in the crowd, music lover Sendero Secretos started a Change.org petition to block the star from appearing at Coachella in April.
Secretos in the petition addressed to Coachella’s official organizers, AEG, Paul Tollet and Goldenvoice, claimed the “tragic and unnecessary deaths” at Astroworld occurred “due to Scott’s own gross negligence and sheer lack of compassion for human life.”
Eight victims of the tragedy have been identified as Danish Baig, 27; Madison Dubiski, 23; Rudy Peña, 23; Jake Jurinek, 20; Franco Patino, 21; Axel Acosta, 21; Brianna Rodriguez, 16; and John Hilgert, 14.
Scott has also been accused of inciting chaos at his concerts in the past. He was charged over music festivals in Arkansas in 2017 and in Chicago in 2015 for whipping up hysteria and encouraging moshing that left a security guard and concertgoers injured.
In 2017, one of Scott’s Manhattan concerts became so chaotic, one of his fans fell off a balcony and was left paralyzed, a lawsuit alleged.
Editing by Omotola Oguneye