Travis Scott Sued by Injured Fan Over 'Inevitable' Astroworld Incident That Left 8 Dead

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Travis Scott has been named in one of what is expected to be several lawsuits over the mass casualty incident that took eight lives Friday at his Astroworld Festival in Houston.

Injured concertgoer Manuel Souza filed a petition Saturday in Harris County District Court against Scott, 30, over the "predictable and preventable" tragedy that unfolded, according to court documents obtained by PEOPLE.

He's seeking at least $1,000,000 in damages and also asking for a temporary restraining order to prevent any destruction of evidence. The lawsuit also names Live Nation, organizer ScoreMore, Scott's Cactus Jack Records and several others.

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"We continue to support and assist local authorities in their ongoing investigation so that both the fans who attended and their families can get the answers they want and deserve, and we will address all legal matters at the appropriate time," Live Nation said in a statement.

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A rep for Travis Scott did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's request for comment.

Travis Scott performs during 2021 Astroworld Festival
Travis Scott performs during 2021 Astroworld Festival

Erika Goldring/WireImage Travis Scott performs during 2021 Astroworld Festival

"Tragically, due to Defendants' motivation for profit at the expense of concertgoers' health and safety, and due to their encouragement of violence, at least 8 people lost their lives and scores of others were injured at what was supposed to be a night of fun," the lawsuit reads.

Souza claims he "suffered serious bodily injuries when the uncontrolled crowd at the concert knocked him to the ground and trampled him."

"Plaintiff's injuries were the inevitable and predictable result of Defendants' conscious disregard of the extreme risks of harm to concertgoers that had been escalating since hours earlier," the petition reads.

The lawsuit details the chaos, which unfolded after fans breached a security barricade and trampled each other to get in earlier in the day, "the same 'bum rushing' phenomenon" that happened at the previous Astroworld Festival in 2019. "Yet Defendants made the conscious decision to let the show to go on, despite the extreme risks of harm to concertgoers."

Travis Scott performs on day one of the Astroworld Music Festival at NRG Park, in Houston 2021 Astroworld Festival - Day One, Houston, United States - 05 Nov 2021
Travis Scott performs on day one of the Astroworld Music Festival at NRG Park, in Houston 2021 Astroworld Festival - Day One, Houston, United States - 05 Nov 2021

Amy Harris/Invision/AP/Shutterstock Travis Scott

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Souza's legal team notes Scott's history of allegedly inciting riots at his shows, including one in 2017, for which he pled guilty to disorderly conduct. Scott, whose real name is Jacques Webster, was arrested and initially charged with inciting a riot, disorderly conduct and endangering the welfare of a minor following a concert in May 2017.

Scott was previously arrested and charged with disorderly conduct in 2015 after encouraging fans at Lollapalooza to climb over security barricades and rush the stage. The performance was shut down within five minutes after dozens of fans joined him on stage, per Chicago's ABC7.

Travis Scott performs during 2021 Astroworld Festival at NRG Park on November 05, 2021 in Houston, Texas.
Travis Scott performs during 2021 Astroworld Festival at NRG Park on November 05, 2021 in Houston, Texas.

Erika Goldring/WireImage Travis Scott performs during 2021 Astroworld Festival

"This kind of behavior has long been encouraged by the festival's founder and main performer, Defendant Jacques Webster a/k/a Travis Scott," the lawsuit continues. "Scott actively encourages his fans to 'rage' at his concerts. His express encouragement of violence has previously resulted in serious violence at numerous past concerts."

They also provided a tweet from another one of Scott's shows, exactly six months before Friday's incident. "WE STILL SNEAKING THE WILD ONES IN. !!!!!!" Scott wrote at the time.

"He and those who promoted and supported this concert must take responsibility for their heinous actions. We intend to hold them fully accountable by showing that this behavior will not be tolerated in our great city," Souza's attorney Steve Kherkher of the firm Kherkher Garcia LLP says in a statement to PEOPLE.

At least eight people died and more than 300 were treated for injuries following the chaos that unfolded at approximately 9:15 p.m. on Friday, when fans in the crowd of about 50,000 began to rush the stage.

MTV Video Music Awards, Arrivals, New York, USA - 20 Aug 2018
MTV Video Music Awards, Arrivals, New York, USA - 20 Aug 2018

A source close to the musician told PEOPLE that Scott was unaware of the magnitude of the situation while onstage. "The lights were shining in his eyes and he couldn't see what was happening," the source said. "He thought someone had just passed out, which happens during concerts."

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The rapper addressed the incident in a statement released Saturday morning, offering his cooperation to the Houston Police Department and condolences to the families of the victims.

"I'm absolutely devastated by what took place last night. My prayers go out to the families and all those impacted by what happened at Astroworld Festival," he wrote on Twitter.

Scott said later that evening on his Instagram Story that he's "working right now to identify the families to assist them through this tough time," adding: "My fans really mean the world to me, and I always want to leave them with a positive experience."