15 people have been indicted for the deaths of five women at a Steve Aoki gig in Madrid, Spain, Spanish newspaper El Pais reported.
The persons indicted include event promoter Miguel Angel Flores. Initially, Mondo Sonoro reported that he accused Aoki of requesting the shutdown of the exits, but that information was dismissed later on.
Five women passed away and several others got injured during a Steve Aoki-headlined Halloween party at the Madrid Arena in 2012. After the party was interrupted due to sound issues, people flocked towards the exits, creating a bottleneck. Allegedly, the bottleneck was a result of the venue’s insufficient number of emergency exits, which in turn caused the stampede that claimed the lives of the five women.
Following the fatal incident, Aoki canceled a forthcoming gig in Bilbao, and issued the following statement on his website, which he later deleted:
“After my performance last night at Thriller Music Park at the Madrid Arena in Spain, I was devastated to hear that three people had died during a crowd rush at one of the exits. The safety of my fans has always been my top priority and had I known that there was any distress putting people in jeopardy within the venue I would have ended my show immediately. My show in Bilbao Spain tonight will be cancelled out of respect for those who lost their lives and those who are injured. I would like to express my deepest condolences and heart felt prayers to the families and loved ones during this difficult time.”