Travis Scott is facing more potential legal backlash.
Lawyers representing some of the victims injured and killed at Scott’s Astroworld Festival in November accuse him of violating a prank order in relation to their case, the Associated Press reported.
After Scott announced the Project HEAL initiative this month and donated $5 million to launch it, lawyers had argued it could help his reputation and influence potential jurors before trials begin, but that doesn’t seem to change.
Bob Hilliard, an attorney representing the family of 9-year-old Astroworld Fest victim Ezra Blount, told State District Judge Kristen Hawkins that Scott had discussed concert security.
He said it “affects and destroys the power of your order.”
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On the other hand Hawkins, who oversees about 500 cases, had previously asked them not to make their case public to influence a potential jury.
“My team and I created Project HEAL to take much needed action towards supporting real solutions that make all events the safest spaces they can possibly be,” Scott wrote of his project upon its reveal. “I will always honor the victims of the Astroworld tragedy who remain in my heart forever.”
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Scott’s attorney, Stephen Brody, said the initiative’s announcement did not violate a prank order, but rather “a violation of the order.”
He said there was something else in a series of charity moves that were fixed in his life. Not allowing him to talk about the effort would be a violation of his freedom of expression, he argues.
“Hilliard’s bogus allegations fly in the face of logic,” said Scott spokesperson Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. “Travis’s support of charitable causes has been ongoing for years to help underprivileged young people graduate without debt, explore creative fields, and overcome mental health challenges.”