Travis Scott hires veteran O’Melveny litigator to defend Astroworld

Jonathan Maya lays flowers at a door in NRG Park, following a fatal crush of fans during a performance the night before at rapper Travis Scott’s Astroworld festival in Houston, Texas, United States on November 6, 2021. REUTERS / Daniel Kramer

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  • Dan Petrocelli to represent Scott, along with two other partners, according to the firm
  • Former Petrocelli clients included former Enron CEO, former President Trump

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(Reuters) – A team of O’Melveny & Myers lawyers led by litigation attorney Daniel Petrocelli defend rapper Travis Scott as he faces a slew of lawsuits over a deadly stampede at the recent Astroworld Festival, according to a cabinet spokesperson.

Petrocelli, the company’s Los Angeles-based vice president, will work with O’Melveny’s product liability and tort partners Steve Brody and Sabrina Strong, the spokesperson said.

Scott faces hundreds of lawsuits after chaos at the Houston concert on November 5 left ten dead and widespread injuries.

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The lawsuits have included allegations of negligence and failure to provide adequate medical care to the victims.

Petrocelli, who is also president of O’Melveny’s testing practice, has worked with leading clients throughout his career.

He has represented Ron Goldman’s family in a civil wrongful death lawsuit filed against OJ Simpson and Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling in his trial for insider trading and criminal fraud amid the corporate collapse .

When then-presidential candidate Donald Trump ran for office in 2016, Petrocelli was called upon to defend him against fraud lawsuits against Trump University real estate seminars.

Petrocelli has already contacted the victims’ lawyers, according to a letter obtained by Reuters, which was sent to prominent civil rights lawyer Benjamin Crump and Bob Hilliard of Corpus Christi-based Hilliard Martinez Gonzales. The two have filed lawsuits on behalf of a number of Astroworld victims and their families.

Scott offered to pay the funeral costs of a 9-year-old boy who died of injuries after the stampede, according to the letter. Hilliard declined the offer on behalf of his client.

According to press reports, Neal Manne, managing partner of Susman Godfrey, has been hired by Live Nation, the promoter of the festival, another accused in numerous Astroworld lawsuits.

Manne did not respond to requests for comment.

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