Following Astroworld tragedy, says rapper wants to be the "solution"
Former Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is a new spokesperson for rapper Travis Scott following the Astroworld Festival tragedy.
Following the deaths of nine people, questions remain unanswered surrounding Scott's immediate response by not stopping the show and for being accused of encouraging mosh-pit behavior in the past.
Rawlings-Blake spoke on "CBS Mornings" on Friday saying there was chaos and a “breakdown in communication,” which is “why it was important for me to work to try to help them out.”
Rawlings-Blake said Scott was notified hours after the event of what transpired at his festival and that he is taking responsibility for what happened and taking steps to make sure it never happens in the future.
“Nine people have lost their lives and nine families are grieving and Gail, I’m a mom,” Rawlings-Blake said. “This notion that Travis had the ability to stop the concert is ludicrous. They have a 59-page operations plan, and it clearly says the only two people that have the authority to stop the concert were the executive producer and the concert producer. He was not responsible for this, but he wants to be responsible for the solution.”
Rawlings-Blake also said Scott has since reached out to the families.
Rawlings-Blake served as Baltimore mayor from 2010 to 2016. During her tenure, Rawlings-Blake was criticized for how her administration handled protests following the April 2015 death of Freddie Gray, who died while being transported by police. In September 2015, Rawlings-Blake said she would not seek reelection.