In a new court filing, concert promotion giant Live Nation claims it cannot be held responsible for the fatal stabbing of LA rapper Drakeo the Ruler at December’s Once Upon a Time in LA festival.
The filing, released Tuesday, came in response to a wrongful death lawsuit in Los Angeles County Superior Court filed by Drakeo’s brother Devante Caldwell, along with lawsuits from Drakeo’s mother, Darrylene Corniel, and his son, Caiden Caldwell.
Drakeo, born Darrell Caldwell, was attacked and stabbed by a group of men backstage at the Live Nation-produced festival at Banc of California Stadium, which was headlined by Snoop Dogg, 50 Cent and YG.
Drakeo, 28, died of his wounds later that night. In this case there were no arrests.
Drakeo’s brother’s February lawsuit alleges that Live Nation’s hired security forces were lax and inadequate to protect Drakeo from easily foreseeable threats, given the festival’s location in an area “riddled with gang activity” and ” city has one of the highest rates of violent crime in the world.”
In its filing, Live Nation sought to dismiss the lawsuits, claiming the attack was “unpredictable” and the company had no reason to anticipate any risks to Drakeo’s safety at the venue.
“The case law does not support the logic of attribution of liability for previous similar incidents based on alleged conduct that occurred in the city surrounding the affected premises,” the promoter’s lawyers claimed. “Mere allegations of gang activity and related general safety concerns in South Central Los Angeles should not be considered in determining the foreseeability of the incident in question.”
The filing also claims there is no evidence that Drakeo’s team asked for additional security, or that he was “prohibited” from bringing additional security, as Devante Caldwell’s lawsuit alleged.
A representative for Devante Caldwell did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Live Nation’s filing. A hearing to set a trial date for the lawsuits, which are likely to be consolidated, is scheduled for September 20.
https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/music/story/2022-07-20/live-nation-drakeo-the-ruler-fatal-stabbing-security Live Nation calls Drakeo the Ruler’s death ‘unforseeable’