Legal professionals for Are living Nation lifted concerns about an future documentary about very last year’s fatal Astroworld tragedy in a new filing last week.
According to a letter dated April 8 received by Rolling Stone, Live Nation said it was concerned that Concert Crush: The Travis Scott Festival Tragedy could “taint” the jury pool if launched in pick Texas theaters. The filing also raised problems around the simple fact that Riccardo Ramos, an lawyer for 20 victims in the case, also served as co-producer on the film.
Concert Crush was directed by Charlie Minn, who’s explained as a “victim-driven” documentary filmmaker on the new doc’s web-site (some of his former perform includes films on the Parkland university taking pictures and the 2017 Las Vegas shooting). The new doc functions interviews with quite a few Astroworld survivors and witnesses, as properly as other lawyers representing victims. There are one-night time-only screenings scheduled in a variety of Texas cities Wednesday, April 13, and April 20 a “wider” 1-7 days run at theaters throughout the point out is scheduled to begin April 29.
In the letter regarding the movie, Live Nation’s leading law firm, Neal Manne, mentioned, “The involvement of plaintiffs’ legal professionals in the movie, and the publicity the filmmakers and producers are trying to produce for it, raise important difficulties about attempts to taint the jury pool.”
Manne’s letter stopped quick of explicitly inquiring the choose to avoid the film from remaining shown, with the legal professional creating alternatively, “[W]e believe that it is essential for the Court to be mindful of the Concert Crush movie and the involvement of some plaintiffs’ legal professionals in its content, generation, and promotion.”
When questioned for comment, reps for Are living for Are living Nation referred to the entire text of the letter, which is underneath. Ramos did not instantly return Rolling Stone’s request for remark.
Manne’s letter did elicit just one response, although it came from a unique plaintiffs’ attorney, Robert C. Hillard, who pushed back again on Manne’s concerns whilst also noting that neither he nor any person else at his business took element in the doc. Hillard’s letter characterized Manne’s filing as obtaining a “sky is falling” tone and highlighted “their virtually giddy attempts to use the forthcoming Concert Crush film to asperse as a lot of of the Astroworld Litigation MDL plaintiffs’ bar as they can… (probably hoping to distract this court docket from their own clients’ criminally negligent conduct in the deaths and accidents of so quite a few)…”
Hillard went on to argue that since there’s nonetheless no company commence day for the Astroworld trial, it was unclear why the defense identified it vital to increase fears about the film’s launch. Hillard also criticized the defense for “resorting to such a transparent ‘tattle-tale’ letter, fairly than, as essential by the rules, the submitting of a movement, which would require them to established out some sort of asked for relief.”
Reside Nation Letter
Expensive Choose Hawkins:
We write to deliver the Court’s notice to the forthcoming release of a movie relating to the Astroworld live performance titled Live performance Crush. The movie has received modern publicity in the Houston area.
The film’s web site, www.concertcrush.com, implies it was co-produced by lawyer Ricardo Ramos, who represents plaintiffs in 20 circumstances pending in this MDL. The film features interviews with Ramos, two customers of the Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee—Brent Coon and Tony Buzbee—and as several as eight Astroworld plaintiffs. See https://www.concertcrushfilm.com/crew.html (connected as Exhibit 1). Mr. Ramos not only co-manufactured the movie but seems in its trailer (offered on the film’s internet site), presenting his views on the get-togethers and activities at difficulty in this litigation. In the course of the Court’s March 28, 2022 position meeting, Mr. Coon recommended that other plaintiffs’ lawyers may perhaps be associated:
“We know that a documentary is basically going to be hitting the important theaters most likely this summertime and we delivered interviews to them very last yr and specialists. I know various other corporations have talked to them, I’m not confident Mr. Hilliard’s business has, some of the companies have interviewed with the manufacturing firm.”
The film is scheduled to be shown in certain Texas theaters starting off on April 11, before a broader release in Texas cities afterwards this month. The involvement of plaintiffs’ legal professionals in the film, and the publicity the filmmakers and producers are seeking to generate for it, 1 raise considerable issues about attempts to taint the jury pool.
Despite the fact that the parties and Intervenor ABC Information have agreed they will reward from more time to discuss the pending motions concerning the Court’s February 15 Publicity Order in advance of the Courtroom hears argument on them, we imagine it is significant for the Court docket to be informed of the Concert Crush movie and the involvement of some plaintiffs’ lawyers in its written content, manufacturing, and advertising.
Neal S. Manne and Kevin W. Yankowsky
This post was updated at 4:40 p.m. ET on 4/13/22 with the whole text of the letter despatched by Live Nation’s lawyers.