Travis Scott Said He Feels The Media Is Forcing Responsibility For The Astroworld Tragedy Onto Him In His First Interview Since The Concert That Killed 10 Fans

"Well, yeah, you know, I'm the face of the festival, I'm a artist, so yeah, the media is…They wanna put it on me."

In his first interview since the Astroworld festival that killed 10 people, Travis Scott suggested that the media was forcing responsibility onto him for the tragedy.

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Ten people were left dead while hundreds of others suffered injuries after a crowd surge during Scott's performance at the festival in Houston last month.

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Despite calls from the crowd to stop the show, and the situation being declared a mass casualty incident, the rapper continued to perform, apparently unaware of the severity of what was happening.

Sitting down with Charlamagne tha God for a lengthy interview on Thursday, Scott was asked if he felt like people were "forcing responsibility" onto him as the face of the festival, a sentiment the 30-year-old agreed with.

"Well, yeah, you know, I'm the face of the festival, I’m a artist," he said. "So yeah, the media is… They wanna put it on me."

However, steering the conversation back to a comment he continued to make throughout the 51-minute interview, Scott said he was focusing on how to make sure a tragedy like this wouldn't ever happen again.

"I think it's more so about stepping up to figure out what the problem is, and I can take that," he said. "I can take stepping up to figure out what the problem is. I can take stepping into figuring out the solution [so it] never happens again, 'cause that's what I genuinely wanna do in general."

He added: "I definitely wanna step in to figure out how can we fix this in the future. What can we do to change these things?"

When asked how much responsibility he feels for what happened, Scott echoed a similar sentiment, reiterating that his focus was on figuring out a solution and taking steps to change things in the future.

"Fans come to the show to have a good experience, and I have a responsibility to figure out what happened here, I have a responsibility to figure out the solution," he said. "Hopefully this takes a first step into us as artists having more insight of what's going on and the professionals to surround and figure out more of an intel, whether it's tech, whether it's more of a response, whether it's… Whatever the problem is, to figure out that, and then in the future and moving forward and concert safety, make sure this never happens again."

Scott also made sure to double down on his stance that he did everything he could to help with the information he had while onstage.

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In the aftermath of the concert, Scott was heavily criticized for his first public responses to the tragedy, something he said he regretted during the interview because he had no information before he posted them.

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A written statement posted to Scott's Twitter account at the time read: "I'm absolutely devastated by what took place last night. My prayers go out to the families and all those impacted by what happened at Astroworld Festival."

Then, in a video posted to his Instagram story, Scott said: "I just wanna send out prayers to the [lives] that were lost last night. We're actually working right now to identify the families so we can help assist them through this tough time."

"My fans really mean the world to me, and I always just really want to leave them with a positive experience," he added. "Anytime I can make out anything that's going on, I stop the show and help them get the help they need. I could just never imagine the severity of the situation."

"I was just in a headspace of trying to get a communication out to my fans. I had literally no information," Scott said of his initial response to the incident. "I was just trying to figure it out and just communicate to them."

"But at the end of the day, I just wanted to get something out," he went on after revealing he regretted posting the video. "How my message came out, I can't… I can only go off what I know. But my true intentions of it was really just trying to get a message across and I really wanted to just [get in] touch with the fans, [get in] touch to the families that we here, we grieving, and we'll get through this process."

On the subject of the families of those whose loved ones died at the festival, Scott said he would "always be there to help."

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"I'd say to them that I'm always here and that I'm in this with you guys and I love you," he said when asked what he would say to the families who might be watching the interview. "I'll always be there to help you guys heal through this. I understand what they're going through — they're grieving right now, they're finding understanding right now. It's not just a right now thing, it's a forever thing."

However, last week it was reported that several families had declined Scott's offer to pay for funeral costs, a decision he called "understandable."

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"All things are understandable, and at a time, they're grieving, they're trying to find understanding and they want answers," he said in response to a question about the situation. "It's not about that. I'm always gonna be here to wanna help them. I gotta continue to just show up for that. I just wanted to make sure that they knew that I was there for them and continue to be there for them."

Scott's interview comes after he denied legal liability for the tragedy in court documents responding to the multiple lawsuits against him, which amount to an estimated $3 billion.

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On Dec. 6, Scott's attorneys requested that he be dismissed from 11 lawsuits filed against him. According to court documents obtained by various media outlets, Scott and his company "generally deny the allegations" made in the suits and "respectfully request that the claims against these Defendants be dismissed with prejudice."

You can watch Travis Scott's full interview with Charlamagne tha God here.