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A woman filed a lawsuit alleging that her unborn child died as a result of her attending Travis Scott’s deadly Astroworld concert.
Shanazia Williamson and her husband Jarawd Owens of Dayton, Ohio, were expecting a child when they attended the event in early November. The couple has filed a lawsuit against Scott along with concert promoters Live Nation and ScoreMore, plus security company Valle Services SMG, ASM Global, and the Harris County Sports and Convention corporation, Rolling Stone reported.
The suit was filed in December but was not previously reported. A court filing listed 11 deaths when that number had originally been 10, which led to questioning the attorneys in the case, per ABC 13.
“While in attendance at the festival, Shanazia was trampled and crushed resulting in horrific injuries and ultimately the death of her and Jarawd’s unborn child,” the text of the lawsuit states. “In addition, Shanazia sustained injuries to her shoulder, back, leg, chest, stomach and other parts of her body.”
“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,” it reads.
The lawsuit also claims that the defendants offered inadequate security and medical personnel, and did not properly plan for safety hazards, among other allegations. It is unclear from the lawsuit how long after the festival Williamson miscarried or how far along into her pregnancy she was at the time.
This wrongful death claim is one of hundreds of lawsuits from concertgoers. The Astroworld tragedy resulted in the deaths of 10 people at the Houston festival, including a 9-year-old child. More than 70o attendees reported injuries, according to court documents.
Williamson’s claims come at a precarious time for the nation, however, as the question of when life begins has been reignited by the Supreme Court, which may soon overturn Roe v. Wade. Texas has included unborn children as part of wrongful death claim statutes since 2003. This is not true in all states.
Per Rolling Stone, Live Nation and subsidiary ScoreMore along with security provider Contemporary Services Corporation have denied all allegations stated in the lawsuit. Rapper Scott previously alleged he did nothing wrong and even tried to stop the show several times when he thought things were getting out of control.
The “Sicko Mode” singer offered to pay for the funerals of concert goers who died after Astroworld, but about half of the families refused the money.