Attorneys for Are living Nation elevated fears about an future documentary about very last year’s fatal Astroworld tragedy in a new filing past 7 days.
In accordance to a letter dated April 8 attained by Rolling Stone, Live Country explained it was anxious that Concert Crush: The Travis Scott Festival Tragedy could “taint” the jury pool if released in choose Texas theaters. The submitting also raised concerns about the simple fact that Riccardo Ramos, an attorney for 20 victims in the case, also served as co-producer on the film.
Live performance 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 prior perform contains films on the Parkland school shooting and the 2017 Las Vegas taking pictures). The new doc functions interviews with numerous Astroworld survivors and witnesses, as properly as other lawyers representing victims. There are a person-evening-only screenings scheduled in different Texas metropolitan areas Wednesday, April 13, and April 20 a “wider” just one-week run at theaters throughout the state is scheduled to commence April 29.
In the letter with regards to the film, Dwell Nation’s best law firm, Neal Manne, claimed, “The involvement of plaintiffs’ legal professionals in the movie, and the publicity the filmmakers and producers are seeking to crank out for it, increase major troubles about initiatives to taint the jury pool.”
Manne’s letter stopped limited of explicitly asking the decide to avoid the film from being shown, with the lawyer producing alternatively, “[W]e consider it is critical for the Court to be knowledgeable of the Concert Crush film and the involvement of some plaintiffs’ legal professionals in its information, production, and advertising.”
When questioned for comment, reps for Stay for Live Nation referred to the full textual content of the letter, which is beneath. Ramos did not promptly return Rolling Stone’s ask for for comment.
Manne’s letter did elicit a single response, while it came from a different plaintiffs’ law firm, Robert C. Hillard, who pushed back on Manne’s problems when also noting that neither he nor any person else at his company took section in the doc. Hillard’s letter characterized Manne’s filing as acquiring a “sky is falling” tone and highlighted “their virtually giddy tries to use the upcoming Live performance Crush film to asperse as quite a few of the Astroworld Litigation MDL plaintiffs’ bar as they can… (most likely hoping to distract this courtroom from their have clients’ criminally negligent conduct in the deaths and injuries of so quite a few)…”
Hillard went on to argue that simply because there is even now no agency begin day for the Astroworld trial, it was unclear why the defense located it vital to elevate concerns about the film’s release. Hillard also criticized the defense for “resorting to this kind of a transparent ‘tattle-tale’ letter, rather than, as necessary by the guidelines, the filing of a motion, which would demand them to set out some form of asked for aid.”
Reside Nation Letter
Expensive Decide Hawkins:
We produce to carry the Court’s awareness to the upcoming release of a movie regarding the Astroworld live performance titled Concert Crush. The film has obtained new publicity in the Houston area.
The film’s site, www.concertcrush.com, signifies it was co-manufactured by lawyer Ricardo Ramos, who represents plaintiffs in 20 scenarios pending in this MDL. The movie incorporates interviews with Ramos, two members of the Plaintiffs’ Govt Committee—Brent Coon and Tony Buzbee—and as many as 8 Astroworld plaintiffs. See https://www.concertcrushfilm.com/crew.html (connected as Exhibit 1). Mr. Ramos not only co-produced the film but appears in its trailer (available on the film’s site), providing his thoughts on the parties and occasions at difficulty in this litigation. Throughout the Court’s March 28, 2022 status conference, Mr. Coon instructed that other plaintiffs’ attorneys may be concerned:
“We know that a documentary is truly likely to be hitting the big theaters most likely this summer months and we provided interviews to them past year and experts. I know many other corporations have talked to them, I’m not confident Mr. Hilliard’s agency has, some of the firms have interviewed with the output business.”
The movie is scheduled to be demonstrated in sure Texas theaters starting up on April 11, before a wider launch in Texas metropolitan areas later this thirty day period. The involvement of plaintiffs’ attorneys in the film, and the publicity the filmmakers and producers are striving to generate for it, 1 increase sizeable issues about attempts to taint the jury pool.
Although the events and Intervenor ABC Information have agreed they will advantage from additional time to go over the pending motions pertaining to the Court’s February 15 Publicity Buy in advance of the Courtroom hears argument on them, we think it is essential for the Court docket to be aware of the Live performance Crush film and the involvement of some plaintiffs’ legal professionals in its articles, manufacturing, and promotion.
Neal S. Manne and Kevin W. Yankowsky
This post was up to date at 4:40 p.m. ET on 4/13/22 with the complete textual content of the letter sent by Stay Nation’s attorneys.