A key congressional committee is opening an investigation into Live Nation’s role in the deadly Astroworld music festival, saying it has “serious concerns” that haven’t been enough to prevent the tragedy.
In a letter Wednesday, members of the US House of Representatives Oversight & Reform Committee asked the Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino to answer a series of detailed questions, such as “when exactly Live Nation Entertainment first learned of the casualties” and what was done in response.
The commission wrote: “Recent reports raise serious concerns about whether your company has taken adequate steps to ensure the safety of 50,000 concertgoers. “We are deeply saddened by the deaths that occurred at the Astroworld Festival and are committed to investigating what happened to inform possible reforms that could prevent future tragedies.”
The launch of a congressional investigation adds a new federal dimension to the legal troubles facing Astroworld organizers, a festival in Houston that left 10 people dead and hundreds injured. after a crowd flooded onto the stage during the November 5 performance of the leader Travis Scott.
Live Nation, Scott himself and others are facing hundreds of malpractice lawsuits Thousands of victims have filed lawsuits in Texas state courts, setting the stage for years of litigation and potentially hundreds of millions of dollars in damages. Organizers are also facing an investigation by the Houston Police Department and other local authorities.
Wednesday’s letter was signed by committee chair Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, a Democrat from New York, and a ranking member James Comer, a Republican from Kentucky, and other members of the committee. The committee set a deadline for a response of January 7 and asked Live Nation to notify the summary by January 12. A Live Nation spokeswoman did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Among other questions, the letter also asked Rapino to provide a detailed account of the “roles and responsibilities” of the various planners; any “pre-display security assessment, planning and briefing”; time Live Nation learned that authorities had declared a “mass casualty event”; and the steps Live Nation has taken to avoid future problems.
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