Astroworld Victims' Families Reject Travis Scott’s Offer To Pay For Funeral Expenses

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Damir Mujezinovic

Hundreds of people were injured and 10 died at controversial rapper Travis Scott's concert last month at the Texas Astroworld festival.

Scott was accused of inciting the crowd and causing a riot and slammed for failing to deescalate the situation, with many pointing out that he could have ended the concert much earlier.

Three days after the tragedy, the musician issued an apology and offered to pay for victims' funerals. But, according to new reports, some families are insulted by the offer.

Insulting Offer

As reported by Rolling Stone, Ezra Blount's family informed the rapper's legal team they would not accept his money.

Blount is the youngest victim from the festival, as he was just nine years old when he tragically died.

Four other families told the publication that they, too, have rejected Scott's offer to pay for their loved ones' funerals.

In separate statements, the families' lawyers described Scott's offer as an attempt to fight off public pressure, as opposed to a "genuine display of remorse."

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Philip Corboy, the attorney for the families of Jacob Jurinek and Franco Patino, said he was first contacted by Scott’s criminal attorney, and then by lawyer Daniel Petrocelli.

His clients' families said no to Scott's offer in "about three seconds," Corboy said.

"If he’s trying to impress upon the families that he’s sincere and has concern for them and realize that funerals can be expensive, what Scott’s team did is not the way to do it... These families are raw right now; that lacks any personal touch," he added.

'Bullsh*t' Offer

Tony Buzbee, who represents the family of Axel Acosta, described Scott's offer as "bullsh*t."

"Let the families grieve and shut up, that’s it. When something like this happens, there’s not a whole lot someone like Travis Scott could do to assuage their pain," Buzbee said.

"He says he feels sorry for them but he’s quick to say it wasn’t his fault. He’s no different than any defendant pointing fingers to someone else. They don’t want funeral expenses from him. Whatever we get from him we’re going to get through the court system," he explained.

'Demeaning And Really Inappropriate'

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Richard Mithoff, who represents the family of 14-year-old John Hilgert, said his clients did not even consider Scott's offer to pay for their child's funeral.

"Of all the things this case is about, that’s the least of any concern. This family is set on making change and ensuring this never happens at a concert again," Mithoff told Rolling Stone in an interview.

"I find offering to pay for funerals frankly demeaning and really inappropriate to the magnitude of the tragedy that unfolded," the lawyer added.