Astroworld news – live: Police debunk ‘injection’ theory as Travis Scott has ‘ultimate authority’ to stop show

Nurse reveals chaos of Astroworld in detailed eye-witness account

The head of Houston’s police force has walked back his claim that a security guard may have been attacked with a drugged needle during the Astroworld disaster.

Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday, Chief Troy Finner said that his officers had now interviewed the security guard and found that “no one injected drugs into him”.

The chief’s previous statement on Saturday had rippled across social media, with some claiming it as evidence that the deadly crowd crush had been sparked by deliberate drug attacks.

Meanwhile, TikTok was struggling to control viral conspiracy theories falsely claiming that the deaths were part of a Satanic ritual.

Two criminal investigations and more than 30 lawsuits are now probing what wrong at the Astroworld festival in Houston, Texas on Friday night, which killed at least people and injured hundreds more.

A nine-year-old boy is in a medically induced coma following his injuries, and a 22-year-old student has been declared brain dead. Horrifying footage has emerged showing how guests tried and failed to stop the show before things got worse.

Meanwhile, Astroworld founder and headliner Travis Scott, who was performing when the crush happened, has said he is “devastated”, offered to cover the costs of the victims’ funerals, and also offered survivors one free month of online therapy.

Kim Kardashian, Drake, and Mr Scott’s partner Kylie Jenner have all made statements on social media, with Drake saying his “heart is broken”.

Follow the latest updates live below.

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Astroworld site looks like a war zone, says victims’ lawyer

A lawyer who was given access to inspect the Astroworld site as part of a lawsuit against Live Nation has described it as a “war zone”.

Alex Hilliard, who is representing the family of critically injured nine-year-old Ezra Blount, told CNN: “There are about 1,800 pairs of shoes, clothing. It’s like you’re looking at a war zone. You see blood on the clothes, shoes, cellphones everywhere.”

Lawyers from numerous firm have been combing through that wreckage after a court order was granted, using drones and scanners to map the site.

The festival was held on the former grounds of Six Flags Astroworld, a defunct amusement park that Travis Scott often visited as a child.

Io Dodds11 November 2021 00:25

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Travis Scott posts wrong number for traumatised victims

The rap star had meant to post details for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)’s support hotline, but instead accidentally directed fans to an unrelated US federal agency.

“For billing, customer service, government assistance, or the offices of Social Security, press one,” the helpine told callers. “If you are under the age of 65 and interested in health insurance, press two. If you are over the age of 65 and interested in Medicare, press three. For all other inquiries, press four.”

One Instagram user described the incident as “bizarre”, saying: “I said the number was on Travis Scott’s Instagram and the dude was so perplexed and said they have nothing to do with him.”

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An Instagram by Astroworld survivor Seanna Faith McCarty about the mishap

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An Instagram by Astroworld survivor Seanna Faith McCarty about the mishap

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Houston police chief resists calls for independent probe

Houston police chief Troy Finner has resisted calls for an independent investigation as he defended his department’s ability to fairly mark its own conduct.

Mr Finner is leading the probe into how Astroworld went wrong, but questions have been raised about why the 530 officers he had devoted to the festival were not able to halt the show or relieve the pressure on the crowd sooner.

“Let me tell you something,” he told reporters. “’Independent investigation’ is this new fashion word. Independent investigation for what? Where are we right now? We’re nowhere right now.

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Houston police chief Troy Finner puts air quotes around “independent investigation” at a press conference on Wednesday

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Houston police chief Troy Finner puts air quotes around “independent investigation” at a press conference on Wednesday

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“When we get to somewhere – I told you, I was quick to involve our federal partners, and I’m not against the independent investigation when it’s warranted. It’s not warranted right now….

“If a tape is showing even somebody from my agency doing the wrong thing, you know what? The most important thing – I’m telling you as chief as police – we’re gonna hold people accountable.

“And I think that the families, we owe that to them. We owe it to the city, we owe it to our nation, and we need to learn lessons from this…. those who need to be held accountable will be held accountable.”

He also said that some security contractors hired by Astroworld organisers had kept poor records on the number of staff they had on hand, but declined to go into detail, saying he did not want to point fingers.

Io Dodds10 November 2021 22:47

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Fence jumping didn’t cause major injuries, says police chief

In his press conference just now, Houston police chief Troy Finner addressed the fact that many people had breached the festival fences earlier in the day.

Though the question from a journalist was inaudible on our live stream, Mr Finner answered: “I don’t think so. I don’t think that’s fair to those individuals who paid a lot of money to come in. I think we quickly got that under control.

“Now, I will tell you that layout is very challenging – blocks and blocks of fencing. And we knew that was going to be a problem with kids who, [maybe] they can’t afford to get in; those tickets are very pricey.

“That doesn’t give you an excuse to try to jump a fence, but once they breached, we quickly got that under control, we didn’t have any major injuries, so we went on with the show.”

Io Dodds10 November 2021 22:24

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Press conference ends with shouting

The press conference is over, but things got pretty testy between Houston police chief Troy Finner and the attending press.

Asked about his relationship with Travis Scott, he said: “Let me clarify something. I’m a 54-year-old man. I meet a lot of people. I was born and raised here in Houston.

“So if somebody’s referring to a ‘special relationship’, if you call meeting him twice a special relationship – and I’m not being smart, I just want to be open and transparent – that’s not a close relationship to me. I’ve only spoken to him twice. So let’s put that to rest.”

He refused to say whether Mr Scott’s conduct was part of the criminal investigation.

Near the end of the conference, one journalist called out: “You said on Saturday that 25 people were arrested… how come no police officer had the authority to stop it when people had died?”

Mr Finner responded: “You can go on, you can go on, I’m not going to answer your question, ma’am. You’re not the only one in the room… let’s be respectful.”

Io Dodds10 November 2021 22:13

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‘We didn’t hold the plug’ to shut down festival, says police chief

Travis Scott and Astroworld’s organiser Live Nation held the ultimate power to shut down the concert, not Houston police, Chief Finner said.

He had earlier clarified that Astroworld did not hold its permits and contract from the City of Houston but from the surrounding Harris County.

“We don’t hold the plug,” said Mr Finner. “Ultimate authority to end the show is with production – and the entertainer,” he said. “And that should be in communication with public safety officials”.

He said there were two mosh pits at Astroworld, and it fell to Live Nation to secure them. He added that Houston police told festival staff that one or more people were getting CPR.

Io Dodds10 November 2021 21:57

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Reports of security guard being injected with drugs are not true, says chief

Chief Finner has walked back his explosive suggestion on Saturday that a security guard may have been attacked with a drug-laden needle.

Mr Finner had said at a press conference on Saturday that a security guard had reported feeling a prick on his neck and been treated with anti-overdose drugs, with medical staff noticing a prick in his neck.

But in another conference right now, he said: “If you can remember, members of the medical team in the medical tent had said that a male security guard had come in and said that somebody had pricked his neck. We felt that it could have been something ingested.

“We did locate this security guard. His story’s not consistent with that.

“He says he was struck in his head; he went unconscious; he woke up in the security tent. He says that no one injected drugs into him. So we want to clear that part up.”

That appears to kibosh any idea that drug attacks had anything to do with the disaster, which have been spreading on social media after Mr Finner’s comments.

Io Dodds10 November 2021 21:47

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Police chief says investigation could take months

Chief Troy Finner has said the investigation could take “weeks, possibly months”.

Speaking at a press conference right now, he said there will be some questions he cannot answer yet, in particular about the timeline of the event, which is a “major focus of investigation”.

He said that in 2018, there were 170 Houston police officers at the event, increasing to 240 in 2019 and to 530 this year.

Io Dodds10 November 2021 21:40

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Houston police holding press conference

Houston police chief Troy Finner is now giving a press conference. You can watch it live here, via the Washington Post:

Io Dodds10 November 2021 21:32

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Concertgoer says there was no phone signal during Scott’s set

Here’s another report of broken mobile phone service during Travis Scott’s set at Astroworld, via a man who spoke to the Houston City Council.

According to CNN, the man appeared during public comments in front of council members on Tuesday afternoon to say that hd been there during Mr Scott’s concert and couldn’t text friends who were standing only feet away from him.

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