Kendall Jenner, Emily Ratajkowski, and other models are being sued for Fyre Festival
It might have been more than two years for the Fyre festival debacle yet it continues to haunt the celebrities involved in it. It was reported earlier this year that Kendall Jenner, Emily Ratajkowski, and the talent agencies, IMG Models and DNA Model Management were subpoenaed regarding their association with the festival.
After the subpoenas to the stars at the beginning of this year, a lawsuit is being filed now against Kendall Jenner, Emily Ratajkowski, Lil Yachty, Pusha T, Migos, and Blink-182 over the payments received for the fraudulent event. The report is filed this week in New York’s U.S. Bankruptcy Court by the event’s trustee, Gregory Messer, who aims to know the root cause behind the catastrophe that the event was.
With the lawsuit, Messer aims to recover the amount allegedly paid to the stars for promoting the infamous event without disclosing about the sponsorship.
In the lawsuit, Messer affirms that Kendall was paid $275,000 for a single post on her social media which is now deleted, but she didn’t disclose to followers that she was being paid to promote the Fyre Festival. He also alleged that Kendall ‘intentionally led certain members of the public and ticket-holders to believe’ that Kanye West would perform at the festival because her post referenced her ‘G.O.O.D. Music Family,’ which demonstrates a lack of good faith in Jenner’s part.
Additionally, Messer has accused Emily of the same who was paid $2,99,000 for promotion but didn’t reveal about the sponsorship behind her Fyre festival posts.
According to the lawsuit, the aforementioned payments to the models and agencies were part of “a scheme to defraud investors and therefore should be voided”.
The catastrophic festival was promoted as a luxury music festival founded by Billy McFarland and the rapper Ja Rule. The event was to be held in the Bahamas in 2017 in April and May, but it was a hoax to defraud thousands of the ticket –holders who purchased expensive tickets for the festival, and the investors who invested in the event.
The festival was advertised as a luxurious experience for guests which would include private jets conveyance from Miami, accommodation in luxurious villas, and gourmet meals prepared by renowned chefs. But what people experienced was a nightmare; flights were delayed for hours, they were made to stay in half-built tents and received pre-packaged cold cheese sandwiches for food. The whole event was an epic disaster.
The organizer of the event, Billy McFarland was sentenced to six years in prison after pleading guilty in 2018 for defrauding the investors, ticket-holders, and vendors for $26M.
The court of justice will decide the further course for the people associated with this nightmare of an event. We’ll keep you updated.