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‘The stories are horrendous’: Ben Crump represents hundreds of Astroworld Festival plaintiffs

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    Benjamin Crump
    American jurist

Yahoo News reporter Garin Flowers spoke with attorney Ben Crump, who is representing 200 clients following the deadly and hazardous conditions at the Astroworld music festival last week. Crump said the youngest client he represents is a 9-year-old who is on life support in a medically induced coma.

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GARIN FLOWERS: I know you're representing some victims unfortunately from the Astroworld Festival. What are some of the horrors and things that they shared with you when you were brought on as their lawyer?

BENJAMIN CRUMP: The stories are horrendous. The fact that people were unable to breathe, it was almost if they were suffocating because it was so many people and so many others trying to rush to the front of the stage that people were getting trampled in the melee. People literally dying from the pressure of bodies on top of them. And the most tragic, I believe, is our nine year old client who is on life support in a medically induced coma, EB, who was there with his father. His father passed out and was injured. And this little child was left in the melee all alone. And now he's struggling to live.

GARIN FLOWERS: What went wrong here? And what's the liability that Travis Scott and whomever else is in the lawsuit faces?

BENJAMIN CRUMP: Well we think Live Nation, the promoters, and the organizers, and every entity who had anything to do with this Astroworld music festival should be held accountable. Because this was completely preventable. They knew how many people were going to be there. They needed to have the safety protocols in place, the medical assistance in place, the crowd control in place. But yet there was complete malfeasance. And that's why we have people who lost their children, high school aged children.

We have to prevent this from happening in the future. And the lawsuits are not just to get justice for our class who were injured. And we've represented about 200 people at this time. But it is also about making sure that we prevent anything like this from ever happening again in this manner.

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