Travis Scott‘s legal team is coming out swinging against the creators of a documentary that takes aim at the tragic events of the Astroworld music festival … calling it a pathetic money grab.
The “propaganda piece,” as Scott’s lawyers have dubbed it, is called “Concert Crush: The Travis Scott Festival Tragedy” and is set to start screening in Texas on Friday.
The movie’s director, Charlie Minn, told the AP the project isn’t intended to be a hit piece against Travis, but rather a recounting of the devastation from that day.
Clearly, that’s not what Travis’ team thinks, calling it a, “… farce financed by and containing content from members of the plaintiff’s legal teams, who, weeks after a tragedy, sought to exploit and benefit financially from it, with the clear goals of making money and swaying future juries and public opinion.”
They also go in on Minn, saying, “It’s a profit play and a publicity stunt, with no support from the film industry, no distribution, and from a director with no respect from his field who has been termed a “trauma pornographer.”
For what it’s worth, Minn has been critical of Travis’ actions during the festival in the past, telling the Houston Press, “I think he’d be a lot more nervous if he didn’t know the mayor and police chief. The police had all the authority to stop things, and the show should have been stopped by the third song. It was a dangerous, evil joke.”
The documentary features several concertgoers from that day, most blaming Travis for not seeing what was happening in the crowd.
TMZ broke the story, several Houston Police officers were seen watching Travis and Drake perform while things got worse in the crowd — apparently unaware of the severity of what was going on.
As we reported, 10 people died from “compression asphyxia” as a result of the events at Astroworld. The investigation continues as to who or what was responsible for the deaths … but several lawsuits have pointed the finger at Travis and promoter Live Nation.
Travis has not performed on a big stage since, but is set to headline Primavera Sound and multiple U.S. festivals — to be announced — in the next year.