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HOUSTON, Texas – On Friday, November 5, eight people were killed during rapper Travis Scott’s Astroworld Festival concert. The youngest victim was just 14 years old.

Scott, who is known for encouraging his fans to “rage” with him at his concerts, has previously been arrested charged with disorderly conduct after prompting his fans to break through security barricades and rush the stage during the 2015 Lollapalooza.

Violence is not uncommon at Scott’s concerts, and in the past has even been encouraged. For example, Scott  encouraged his crowd to beat up a kid for attempting to take his shoe while crowd surfing.

Despite having been warned about the crowd by the Houston Police Chief prior to the concert, Scott did not heed these warnings. Less than an hour into Scott’s set, a couple of his  and played his concert to the end of his set

The festival started out with people rushing the VIP security entrance. In the videos of this stampede (see Tweet below), you can see some people trampling others, some just strolling in like they were entitled to be there, and some people tipping over the security scanners then destroying them.

As we were arriving to the Astroworld Festival at NRG Park right at 2:00, a stampede burst through the gates. Hundreds of people destroyed the VIP security entrance, bypassing the checkpoint. People were trampled. Some were detained.

(Excuse any language you may hear) pic.twitter.com/d0m2rjqAAk

— Mycah Hatfield (@MycahABC13) November 5, 2021

When the concert began, the crowd kept pushing closer and closer to the stage. There was no crowd control in place and concertgoers continued to shove their way to the front, packing the crowd in tighter and tighter until no one could move. The crowd became so tightly packed that people were being crushed and could no longer breathe. People began to lose consciousness and were sucked down under the feet of trampling fans still clamoring to get as close as they could to Travis Scott.

30 minutes into the concert, reports of injuries began to flood in from the middle of this crowd surge, but it was not until about 40 minutes afterward that the concert was stopped. Between 9:30 and 10:10 pm, people had died and many others were seriously injured.

Here is a horrifying firsthand account of what one person, later identified as Seanna Faith, experienced that night:

An eyewitness at Astroworld says the massive trampling Incident occurred right after @trvisXX performance began. She also mentions about the extreme crowding before Travis Scott started at Astrofest. #astroworldfestival #ASTROWORLDFest #AstroWorldhttps://t.co/06Cl6eSRJk pic.twitter.com/ZM9fWnDdYT

— Βƌβƌβơ⊔⟟ℓℓ⋲ (@WulfMunkey) November 6, 2021

“Within the first 30 seconds of the first song, people began to drown – in other people,” Faith wrote, “Breathing became something only a few were capable of. The rest were crushed or unable to breathe in the thick, hot air.” No matter how hard she and her friend tried to escape the crowd, they were unable to move, and soon people were screaming for help as those around them began to collapse, and soon the crowd began to fear being trampled to death… a fate which nearly befell the Arturo Sanchez, a 23-year-old who found himself knocked to the ground and was soon crushed below a large man, causing him to suffer a heart attack. According to ABC News, a nurse who was at the concert resuscitated Sanchez after his heart had already stopped.

“People were dying, we needed to stop the music, we needed help…”

Faith continued to describe how people, like Sanchez, were trapped on the ground and she had no way to help them. She details how she climbed up onto the platform of one of the cameramen and tried to tell him that people were dying, she wrote, “I screamed over and over again. He wouldn’t even look in the direction…” The cameraman supposedly called someone up to get Faith away from him.  “The other man grabbed my arm,” she wrote, “and told me he would push me off the 15ft platform… if I didn’t get down… I told him people were dying. I showed him where. He wouldn’t look in the direction either.”

Faith recalls that people even began to boo her for trying to stop the concert. Eventually, she was able to get the attention of two medics at the venue and pointed them towards those who needed emergency assistance.

Seanna Faith was actually captured by multiple people on camera trying to get the attention of a cameraman to stop the concert or at least alert more people to the horrors that were occurring below. In the video, you can hear her screaming “There’s someone dead!” and “Stop the Show!”.

Texas A&M student Seanna Faith climbed on top of a camera platform in an attempt to get officials to stop the show at last night’s #ASTROWORLDFest concert where 8 people died. https://t.co/N2ORGmzafa

— Brady Stone (@bradystonex) November 6, 2021

Another witness recounts their equally traumatic story of being carried out of the mob and placed, unconscious, outside the danger zone. This witness, who fortunately happened to be an ICU nurse, noticed pulses were not being checked on some of the victims, and immediately jumped in to help.

The nurse recalls seeing that “people were getting carried out with their eyes rolled back into their heads by security, bleeding from their nose and mouth”. When the nurse asks the medical staff for key medical equipment (i.e., stretcher, ambulance, AED, etc.), they realize there is only one Ambu bag (for manual ventilation), one stretcher, and one AED for the 4 people who are “pulseless and blue”.

“People were begging the crew operating the stage lights and stuff around us to stop the concert and they wouldn’t.”

This nurse was not the only person, however, that was shocked at the lack of preparation and experience that the on-site medical staff had. Another witness explains that, while doing CPR on a girl, two members of the medical staff came over but had no clue what they were doing (see Tweet below).

Medic explains their experience at Travis Scott’s Astroworld tragedy. #Astroworld Festival #Travis Scott #astroworldfestival pic.twitter.com/YfEpGgykyF

— Elle Lynne (@ElleLynne5) November 7, 2021

Although the crowd was even chanting to “stop the show”, rapper Travis Scott didn’t pay any attention. There is even a video that has circulated the internet showing Scott singing while an unconscious man right in front of the stage was being carried out by medics. Worse yet, there were videos of concertgoers dancing on top of the ambulance carts while medics were trying to carry out those who needed immediate medical attention.

The aftermath of this night was devastating. Eight young people lost their lives:

Danish Baig, 27
Rodolfo Peña, 23
Madison Dubiski, 23
Franco Patiño, 21
Jacob Jurinke, 20
John Hilgert, 14
Axel Acosta, 21
Brianna Rodriguez, 16

27-year-old victim Danish Baig died trying to save his fiancée from being trampled by the crowd.

One 9-year-old boy, Ezra Blount, is currently in a medically-induced coma after suffering severe major organ damage and brain swelling. Ezra was attending the concert with his dad who, when the crowd began to surge, put him on his shoulders to keep him safe. However, the dad passed out from the intensity of the crowd, causing Ezra to fall and get trampled.

Ezra Blount, Age 9

There are many people blaming Scott for not stopping the show when he saw the chaos ensuing and people passing out, when he saw the emergency vehicles in the crowd, or when members of the crowd were screaming for help and chanting to stop the show. Scott was unaware of any fatalities or the true nature of the chaos in the crowd until after the show.

There are now a growing number of lawsuits being filed against Scott, Drake (who was also performing at the show), Live Nation Entertainment, and other companies that were involved in organizing and planning the concert. These parties are being blamed for neglecting to take precautions to keep the concertgoers safe, as well as for not stopping the concert when there were clearly serious problems occurring.

Many people have pointed out artists that take responsibility for the safety of their fans, such as Post Malone and Chester Bennington of Linkin Park who both stopped their shows to make sure their fans were safe.

There is still an ongoing investigation into all the details surrounding the concert and its chaotic turnout. Police are investigating the possibility that in addition to the other horrors of this concert, drug spiking may have also been in play.

Scott has pledged to pay for the funerals of the victims and offers his condolences, support, and personal devastation surrounding the events that transpired.

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Naomi Campbell supports Kate Moss after Johnny Depp testimony

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Naomi Campbell will always have Kate Moss’ back.

The model took to her Instagram Stories on Wednesday to praise her pal for taking the witness stand on behalf of Johnny Depp and his ongoing legal battle with ex-wife Amber Heard.

“YES WAGON TELL IT !! @ katemossagency,” Campbell, 52, wrote, using the nickname she has used for Moss, 48, for years.

Campbell’s words were accompanied by a screengrab of an article recapping Moss’ statements in court, in which the model denied Heard’s claim that Depp pushed her down a flight of stairs during their ’90s romance. 

As previously reported, Moss was called as a rebuttal witness for Depp, 58, in his $50 million defamation lawsuit against Heard, 36. The trial is now in its sixth and final week in Fairfax County Circuit Court in Virginia.

Kate Moss appearing virtually in court to offer testimony for Johnny Depp
Moss, who dated Depp in the ’90s, appeared in court virtually as a rebuttal witness for the actor.
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“He never pushed me, kicked me, or threw me down any stairs,” Moss said over video from Gloucester, England. 

Moss told jurors that she fell down a flight of stairs and injured herself during a rainy night in Jamaica at the GoldenEye Resort. 

“Johnny had left the room before I did, and there had been a rainstorm. And as I left the room, I slid down the stairs and hurt my back,” she testified. 

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Depp is nearing the end of his $50 million defamation trial with ex-wife Heard.
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“I screamed because I didn’t know what happened to me and I was in pain. And [Depp] came running back to help me and carried me to my room and got me medical attention.”

Depp’s attorney Ben Chew then asked Moss, “Did Mr. Depp push you in any way down the stairs?”

She asserted, “No.” 

Kate Moss posing at the 2022 Met Gala
“There’s nobody that’s ever really been able to take care of me,” Moss told Vanity Fair in 2012.
“Johnny did for a bit.”
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Moss was 20 and Depp was 31 when they dated from 1994 until 1997. Following their split, the actor moved on with now-ex Vanessa Paradis. Depp and Paradis, 49, share kids Lily-Rose, 22, and Jack, 20. 

Though Moss once described her breakup with Depp as a “nightmare,” she has remained resolutely supportive of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star. 

“There’s nobody that’s ever really been able to take care of me,” Moss told Vanity Fair in 2012. “Johnny did for a bit.” 


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Ari Emanuel to marry Sarah Staudinger in St. Tropez this weekend

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Hollywood superagent Ari Emanuel will seal his latest deal this weekend.

Sources confirmed to Page Six that Emanuel — the hard-charging inspiration for Jeremy Piven’s Ari Gold character on the HBO hit “Entourage” — will tie the knot with designer Sarah Staudinger in a star-studded ceremony in St. Tropez, France.

Conveniently, the nuptials will coincide with the end of the nearby Cannes Film Festival.

Insiders told Page Six that guests are already headed to the wedding location for the upcoming festivities.

While the guest list currently remains under wraps, Emanuel is known to rep A-list names including Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Jennifer Garner, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Christian Bale, Whoopi Goldberg, Tobey Maguire, Jake Gyllenhaal, Charlize Theron, Larry David and Joaquin Phoenix. He also previously represented Donald Trump in his “Apprentice” days.

On the family side, his brothers are former mayor of Chicago Rahm Emanuel and bioethicist Ezekiel Emanuel.

The couple got engaged last May, we exclusively reported.
The couple got engaged last May, Page Six exclusively reported.
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Meanwhile, Staudinger’s fashion line, Staud, has celebrity fans including Kendall Jenner, Lizzo, Bella and Gigi Hadid, Selena Gomez and Margot Robbie.

Page Six exclusively revealed last May that Emanuel and Staudinger got engaged. They started dating in 2018, after he and his first wife, Sarah Addington, filed for divorce after 20 years of marriage. They reportedly separated in 2014, and have three kids together.

Emanuel, 61, and Staudinger, 33, broke up in 2020, then reconciled around the start of 2021. He popped the question after his company, Endeavor, debuted on the stock market, a source told us at the time.

The wedding will coincide with the Cannes Film Festival.
The wedding will coincide with the Cannes Film Festival.
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The Brentwood, Calif., home he shared with Addington went on the market last year for $25.9 million, while he bought a 2-acre Beverly Hills estate for $27.5 million in October 2020.

A rep did not comment.

The Wrap was first to report on the Emanuel wedding.


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Heat trapped by greenhouse gases reached highest level yet in 2021, scientists say

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Greenhouse gases emitted by human activities trapped much more heat in 2021 than they did three decades ago, according to scientists.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released an update to its Annual Greenhouse Gas Index on Monday. The index is used to provide a measurement of the amount of heating greenhouse gases are causing.

In 2021, the index reached a value of 1.49, which is 49% more than 1 value that is assigned to 1990 – the year of the Kyoto Protocol, one of the earliest binding climate change agreements signed by 192 countries. The value of 0 is assigned to the beginning of the industrial revolution in 1750.

Carbon dioxide levels

According to scientists, carbon dioxide is the most abundant of the green greenhouse gases and grew by 2.6 parts per million last year. The level has risen by 61 ppm since 1990, and accounts for 80% of the increased heat shown in the AGGI.

“CO2 is the main player because it stays in the atmosphere and oceans for thousands of years and it is by far the largest contributor to global warming,” said Pieter Tans, senior scientist at NOAA’s Global Monitoring Laboratory.

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Carbon dioxide grew by 2.6 parts per million last year.
NOAA Global Monitoring Laborator

Methane sources still not clear

Methane, or CH4, is another greenhouse gas that drives climate change, but scientists are still trying to understand what is causing its increase.

Scientists said CH4 levels grew by 16.9 parts per billion in 2021 – the fastest observed increase since the early 1980s.

The nature of its increase is important to understand because it warms the earth 30 to 90 times more than an equivalent amount of carbon dioxide. However, it stays in the atmosphere a much shorter amount of time than CO2 – decades compared to millennia. 

According to scientists, the increased methane may be coming less from fossil fuels and more from wetlands, agriculture and landfills.

“We should absolutely target man-made methane emissions — especially those from fossil fuel —  because it is technologically feasible to control them,” said Xin Lan, a scientist from the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences. “If wetlands are giving off more methane because of warming and changes in global precipitation caused by rising CO2 levels, that’s something we can’t control directly, and that would be very concerning.”

Other gases being monitored

There are a total of 19 greenhouse gases that are monitored by scientists. While carbon dioxide and methane make up the bulk of these gases in the atmosphere, another one called nitrous oxide, or N2O, comes in third.

According to scientists, N2O levels are primarily the result of the use of fertilizer for agriculture.

“We can find alternative energy sources to replace fossil fuels, but cutting emissions associated with producing food is a very difficult task,” said Stephen Montzka, the GML scientist who leads the AGGI report each year.

The remaining 16 greenhouse gases make up about 4% of heat that has been trapped since 1750, according to scientists.


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