Travis Scott’s Phone ‘Lost At Sea’ Amid Astroworld Lawsuits
Travis Scott’s cell phone is reportedly “at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico,” according to the rapper’s attorney Steve Brody. Phone records were asked to be produced as attorneys for several plaintiffs in civil lawsuits against him filed an emergency motion regarding the Astroworld 2021 tragedy. The emergency motion claimed “that the rapper and his team had failed to provide those documents despite it being required by court order,” as stated in the legal documents obtained by Rolling Stone.
The plaintiffs’ attorneys claim that Scott’s defense team has been difficult to work with in the discovery process. Additionally, his fellow Astroworld organizers, Live Nation and ScoreMore, have also been hard to get a hold of, according to the plaintiffs’ attorneys.
“As frustrating as the conduct of many of the defendants have been, they have at least produced some documents comprising text messages, photos, and videos retrieved from images of their clients’, employees’, and agents’ phones,” the plaintiffs’ attorneys wrote. “Travis Scott and his team stand apart as having not produced a single text, WeChat communication, video, or photo from their phones — not because they don’t exist — but because his attorneys chose not to image or search their phones [despite] the order to do so by the court. If not ordered to bring themselves into compliance immediately, Mr. Scott will be deposed without anyone knowing what was said between he and his team via these means of communication.”
At a Friday (Sept. 15) hearing, Brody clarified his comment on Scott’s phone. Brody said his team had tried to retrieve data from the rapper’s phone via Apple. However, they were unable to do so, citing concerns with hacking. Brody previously stated that Scott’s phone “fell off a boat in January of 2022 and landed somewhere at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico and is not able to be retrieved.”
A rep for Scott, Ted Anastasiou, gave a statement to The Fader on the emergency motion filed by the plaintiffs’ attorneys.
“Travis Scott and his team have nothing to hide and are cooperating with all ongoing civil legal proceedings. His actions during and after the festival demonstrate that he has done nothing wrong, as does the fact that he and his team were cleared following the investigation by the Houston Police Department.”
Back in June, a jury declined to indict Travis Scott on criminal charges over his actions at the 2021 Astroworld festivalthat left ten dead due and thousands injured due to a crowd surge.