Victims of a Las Vegas nightclub shooting that occurred on Wednesday night have filed a $750 million lawsuit against rappers Travis Scott and Drake.
According to TMZ, the lawsuit alleges that the two rappers and their respective management teams sanctioned an unsafe environment in which the nightclub’s VIP areas were unsupervised and high-end bodyguards armed with guns and the keys to firearms were not on duty. After a gun was discharged into a crowded pool area, one person is dead and several other people were wounded.
Police are reportedly still trying to determine whether a gun was brought into the club from outside or came from the club’s VIP area. However, Scott’s lawyer, Shannon Gersten Blum, told the Los Angeles Times that her client is cooperating with the investigation and isn’t under investigation.
The lawsuit, reportedly filed in Las Vegas County District Court on Thursday by a law firm affiliated with Motley Rice, alleges that Scott, Drake and others “let themselves be upstaged by rival rapper Travis’ Strip Club” at an event hosted by the rapper’s “Motel 6” brand.
The lawsuit alleges that Travis and his team hosted it at The D Las Vegas and that Scott flew about 60 people from states across the country to attend. They claimed Scott gave guests access to a VIP area that allowed them to party with him “behind closed doors and without fear of detection by other patrons” but, at the same time, took “advantage of the fact that there were multiple portable flashlights on hand” to provide people the lighting they needed to “perform their own private shows under the guise of a live performance.”
Travis went on to give a live performance that ended near the end of the event, while Drake did not appear onstage. However, the lawsuit alleges that Drake and his entourage stayed at the venue after the event.
According to the lawsuit, shots were fired into a crowd of partygoers who were there to watch the performances. The lawsuit claims that the defendant’s personal security guards “turned their attention to the guard shack at the end of the pool and ‘gun-slimed’ themselves in a soft-arm position with their hands on their guns and flashlights in a display of power which disarmed any members of the audience that may have been standing in a line or surrounding the guard shack where Scott was performing.”
The bar bouncer “was conducting a routine pat down at the pool area,” where Scott had performed, when the shots were fired, the lawsuit alleges. “He was stopped by more than a dozen security guards, some brandishing guns, from getting into the lineup of the pool area and required to retreat into the VIP area with his hands above his head. He did not attempt to run from the pool area where the shots were fired.”
The victims are seeking $250 million in compensatory damages for physical injury and death, $250 million in punitive damages for civil conspiracy, $500 million in punitive damages for negligence, and $250 million in punitive damages for breach of a security contract.
The legal papers also call for Scott and Drake’s recording companies to be held liable for failing to provide their performers with adequate security. They are also seeking unspecified punitive damages against “Swizz Beatz and the Mob Piru Bloods gang members who robbed 1 of the shooting victims of his $250,000 Rolex watch and his “three weapons” list in what the lawsuit referred to as a “show of power which disarmed any members of the audience that may have been standing in a line or surrounding the guard shack where Scott was performing.”
Drake’s team was also targeted, according to the suit, as it used ForceField security personnel, members of a known gang, who were without proper security protocols. When one of the ForceField members “stuck his head out the door to warn members of the crowd that he should not be a party to the gun show, he was fired at and stomped on by several members of the ForceField gang,” the lawsuit said.
Attorneys for Travis and Drake did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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