Dozens of concert-goers were left “needing medical attention” following a pepper spray incident at Travis Scott’s gig in Rome, according to US reports.
The 32-year-old brought his Utopia tour to the city’s Circus Maximus venue on Monday, where Kanye ‘Ye’ West also joined him on stage for a surprise performance.
However, dozens of fans were left injured with 60 in need of medical treatment after someone sprayed pepper spray into the crowd during the gig, Rome’s civil protection department confirmed to CNN.
CNN also reported that a teenager was hospitalised after falling four metres. The 14-year-old is believed to have fallen after he tried to escape security at the venue in an attempt to watch the concert.
Meanwhile, Italy’s fire service also told CNN that it received “hundreds of calls” from concerned residents who feared there had been an earthquake in the capital while the concert was going on.
The movement was a result of tens of thousands of people jumping up and down to the music, which was no doubt egged on by Ye taking to the stage for the first time since his controversial antisemitic comments.
The incident comes weeks after Scott avoided criminal charges over a crowd crush at the 2021 Astroworld disaster that left 10 dead and injured thousands. A Texas grand jury declined to press criminal charges against the rapper and five others over the incident.
Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg said the grand jury was the culmination of 19 months of investigation into the tragedy at Scott’s Astroworld Festival in November 2021.
“Our investigators and prosecutors gave it everything they had to ensure that the grand jury could reach the truth,” Ogg said at the time.
Scott’s attorney, Kent Schaffer, said the findings confirmed Scott was not responsible for the tragedy at the festival.
“Now that this chapter is closed, we hope for the government efforts to focus on what is most important – stopping future heartbreaking tragedies like Astroworld from ever occurring again,” Mr Schaffer said in a statement.
Five others, including Live Nation festival manager Brent Silberstein, were also cleared.