This story was updated on December 9, 2021
One month has passed since Travis Scott's Astroworld music festival left 10 dead and hundreds more injured, a tragedy that attendees, authorities, victims' families, and the wider public continue to process.
Many feel that Scott is responsible for the crowd surge that fatally crushed concert-goers while he performed — some rightly so, some less accurately.
Either way, Scott is named as the defendant in hundreds of lawsuits for his hand in the fatalities.
The rapper's team is currently requesting that 11 of those lawsuits be dismissed, marking Scott's first official response to the legal fallout from Astroworld.
On December 6, Scott's attorneys wrote that he and his company, Cactus Jack Records, LLC, "generally deny the allegations" made in said lawsuits.
Lawyers from O'Melveny & Myers, Yetter Coleman, and Tribble | Ross, who represent Scott and Cactus Jack Records, requested that the claims be "dismissed with prejudice," meaning they can't be refiled or brought to court.
The notion that Scott isn't culpable for Astroworld's dangerous conditions flies in the face of several major complaints, including a class action lawsuit filed on behalf of 282 clients seeking $2 billion damages.
"The defendants [Scott and Drake, whose guest appearance caused the surge to intensify] stood to make an exorbitant amount of money off of this event, and they still chose to cut corners, cut costs, and put attendees at risk," reads a press release from Thomas J. Henry, the attorney representing the 282 plaintiffs.
Shortly after Scott's attorneys filed for dismissal, Houston law firm Brent Coon & Associates announced it was representing 1,547 Astroworld attendees demanding a total of $10 billion in damages.
Scott's decision to shirk at least partial legal responsibility for 10 recorded deaths — a massive number — isn't exactly surprising, at least from a public relations perspective.
Though the rapper touched on his plans to make future concerts safer in his first post-Astroworld interview with Charlamagne tha God, he hasn't publicly spoken about the pending litigation against him.
The legal news comes a week after the Houston Chronicle published an investigation describing concerns that Astroworld organizers had initially voiced about the festival's layout, staffing, and security while it was being organized.
Several victims' families have rejected Scott's offer to cover funeral expenses.
An attorney representing the family of John Hilgert, a 14-year-old who died at the festival, told Rolling Stone that "offering to pay for funerals [is] frankly demeaning and really inappropriate to the magnitude of the tragedy that unfolded."
While victims and survivors are those most critically impacted by Astroworld, it's worth noting the sheer scope of the festival's repercussions.
Most recently, Hulu was taken to task for swiftly producing an investigative news piece that commenters found exploitative while W Magazine rushed to scrap a cover story featuring Scott, Kylie Jenner, and their daughter, Stormi.
A leaked video of the magazine cover has been circulating on social media, however.
Prices for Scott's myriad sneaker partnerships are still sky-high on resale sites such as StockX, indicating that sellers aren't exactly rushing to offload Cactus Jack goods. Depending how the fallout from Astroworld continues to unfold, though, it's possible that it could affect resale value.
There's no question that Scott's reputation has been irrevocably tarnished. In a few years, the general public might have absolved the rapper of wrongdoing — or not.
The real blow here is that 10 families have lost a loved one forever, a reality they must live with regardless of whether Scott successfully rehabilitates his image.