In the days following this month’s Astroworld Festival tragedy, Travis Scott issued a statement offering to pay for the funeral expenses of the ten people who died during the event. This came before lawsuits began mounting against Scott and Astroworld organizers, with one of the latter amounting to $ 750 million from more than 125 attendees at Astroworld. On Monday, it was reported that the family of nine-year-old Ezra Blount, the youngest victim of the tragedy, turned down Scott’s offer to pay for the funeral. Turns out Blount’s family wasn’t the only one to do it.
According to Rolling Stone, three additional families also denied Scott’s offer through their lawyers. Philip Corboy, representing the families of 21-year-old friends Jacob Jurinek and Franco Patino; Tony Buzbee, the family lawyer for Axel Acosta, 21; and Richard Mithoff, representing the family of 14-year-old John Hilgert, expressed displeasure at Scott’s offer in separate statements.
Corboy said he held discussions with the Jurinek and Patino families about Scott’s offer and that they “quickly realized that all he was trying to do was try to lessen public protest for his case.” He added: “Each took about three seconds to say ‘No, no, no.’” Corboy continued, “If you try to impress families that you’re sincere and that you care about them and realize that funerals can be expensive, what? Scott’s team is not the way to do it.” He concluded, “You don’t get a paper mail from a Beverly Hills lawyer who says he represents Travis Scott. These families are raw right now; he has no personal touch.”
Mithoff also spoke on behalf of the Hilgerts. “It wasn’t an offer they were going to take seriously,” he said. “Of all the things this case is about, this is the least concern. This family is determined to make changes and make sure this never happens again at a concert. I find that offering to pay for funerals is frankly degrading and really unsuitable for the magnitude of the tragedy that unfolded. ”
Buzbee says he received a call from a local lawyer but was reluctant to return the call. “It’s nonsense,” he said. “If you cared about shit from these families, you shouldn’t post a press release for everyone to see him saying he’s willing to pay for a funeral.” He continued: “Let the families grieve and be silent, that’s it. When something like this happens, there’s not much someone like Travis Scott can do to alleviate their pain. He says he is sorry for them, but is quick to say it was not his fault. It is no different from any defendant pointing the finger at someone else. They don’t want funeral expenses from him. Whatever we receive from him, we will go through the judicial system. “