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Couple sues Travis Scott, companies, claiming Astroworld tragedy led to miscarriage

Shanazia Williamson said she was pregnant when she went to the music fest, where a crowd surge led to 10 people dying and hundreds of injuries


A woman walks past a memorial to those who died at the Astroworld festival outside of NRG Park on Nov. 9, 2021, in Houston.

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Joseph Wilkinson
New York Daily News

HOUSTON — A wife and husband filed a lawsuit against Travis Scott and several companies tied to last year’s Astroworld tragedy, claiming the woman’s injuries at the concert led to the death of their unborn child.

Shanazia Williamson and Jarawd Owens filed the wrongful death suit in December, but it wasn’t public knowledge until Rolling Stone reported on the case Thursday.

Williamson said she was pregnant when she and Owens traveled from Dayton, Ohio, to Houston for the Nov. 5 music festival, according to Rolling Stone.

The couple was in the crowd when a massive surge led to 10 people dying and hundreds, if not thousands, of others suffering injuries.

Williamson said that in the chaos “her shoulder, back, leg, chest, stomach and other parts of her body” were injured, Rolling Stone reported. She also said she was “trampled and crushed resulting in horrific injuries and ultimately the death of her and Jarawd’s unborn child.”

“Defendants’ failure to plan, design, manage, operate, staff, and supervise the event was a direct and proximate cause of Shanazia’s injuries and death of her and Jarawd’s unborn child,” the suit said.

The lawsuit did not specify exactly when Williamson’s miscarriage occurred. However, she filed a standard injury lawsuit Nov. 21 and changed it to a wrongful death lawsuit on Dec. 27, according to TMZ.


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A judge put a wide-ranging gag order on the case in February, Rolling Stone reported, so Williamson and Owens’ attorneys did not comment Thursday.

Texas, unlike some states, allows people to file wrongful death lawsuits concerning unborn children.

More than 1,000 people have sued Scott, his music label, the concert promoter Live Nation, other companies that did publicity for Astroworld and several security firms in connection with the tragedy. Almost all of the defendants have denied responsibility.


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