Police deny 'needle spiking' at Travis Scott's Astroworld Festival despite previous claim
8 November 2021, 16:56 | Updated: 11 November 2021, 16:36
Houston PD Chief Troy Finner gives an update on the Astroworld tragedy pulling his original confirmation of a man being injected with a needle
Trigger warning: This article contains sensitive material surrounding injury and death
Houston PD chief Troy Finner has recalled his original claims that someone was stabbed in the neck via a syringe at Travis Scott's Astroworld Festival last Friday, revealing his original confirmation on the incident was “not consistent” with that version of events.
Holding a press yesterday afternoon to update the world on the incident, he stated:
"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".
this hurts to watch... It makes me sick to my stomach. Travis Scott is SICK pic.twitter.com/CgaAPHapBT— Barb Status (@barb_status) November 6, 2021
As the tragic events of Astroworld continue to shock everyone, more shocking details surrounding the festival have been released.
Houston PD chief Troy Finner confirmed in a video press conference with TMZ that, "a security guard working the event felt a prick in his neck by an unknown assailant while he was trying to restrain a citizen and he quickly fell unconscious".
"The guard was revived by use of NARCAN and that medical personnel did, indeed, see something on his neck that indicated he'd been stabbed with a syringe".
More than 50,000 people attended the sold-out festival were reports of people without tickets jumping fences and turn styles and avoiding metal detectors resulted in the deaths on eight people on Friday.
This lead to audiences compressing towards the front of the stage, causing shortness of breath, cardiac arrest and injuries.
"Some people had been trampled, so it appears there was a mix of reasons why people were injured/passing out and perhaps why some died. The total number of people who've passed away remains at 8, and autopsies are underway to determine the causes of death for each".
Three lawsuits by surviving attendees have since been filed following the tragedy on Friday.
The mayor Sylvester Turner spoke about the incident saying he's "never seen something like this happen in Houston before, and they will leave no stone left unturned to get to the bottom of how and why this occurred".
It's also now being reported via Variety that Travis Scott will no longer perform at this weekend’s Day N Vegas Festival, which was set to take place from November 12-14 as he is "too distraught to play". He is also refunding tickets to Astroworld following the weekend’s massive fatal accident.
Both Travis Scott and Drake have released statements speaking on the tragedy at Astroworld Festival.
Posting a emotional video on Saturday night addressing the tragedy, the lives lost at the festivals and criticism that he refused to stop the show Travis said:
"Anytime I could make out, you know, anything that’s going on, you know, I stop the show and, you know, help them get the help they need".
He added that 'he’s working with authorities to try to get to the bottom of this' stating “I’m honestly just devastated, and I could never imagine anything like this happening. My prayers go out to the families and all those impacted by what happened at Astroworld Festival".
Drake took to Instagram to share his first statement saying:"I’ve spent the past few days trying to wrap my mind around this devastating tragedy".
He continues: "I hate resorting to this platform to express an emotion as delicate as grief but this is where I find myself. My heart is broken for the families and friends of those who lost their lives and for anyone who is suffering".
"I will continue to pray for all of them, and will be of service in any way I can, May God be with you all".
His pregnant rumoured-to-be fiancé Kylie Jenner also took to social media to share how "broken and devastated" she was following the incident.
After posting a video of the crowds during Travis' set, which visibly shows an ambulance trying to make its way through the crown, she took to her IG stories and wrote:
"Travis and I are broken and devastated. My thoughts and prayers are with all who lost their lives, were injured or affected in any way by yesterday’s events. And also for Travis who I know cares deeply for his fans and the Houston community".
"I want to make it clear we weren’t aware of any fatalities until the news came out after the show and in no world would have continued filming or performing" she added.
“I am sending my deepest condolences to all the families during this difficult time and will be praying for the healing of everyone who has been impacted.”
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