Organizers of the Fyre Festival Billy McFarland and Ja Rule are facing a major lawsuit because of their doomed festival in the Bahamas. A lawsuit filed on Sunday in the US District Court for the Central District of California by celebrity trial lawyer Mark Geragos. The lawsuit is reportedly seeking class-action status with an anticipated 150 participants. The suit was brought in California by plaintiff Daniel Jung.
The suit alleges that the “festival’s lack of adequate food, water, shelter, and medical care created a dangerous and panicked situation among attendees — suddenly finding themselves stranded on a remote island without basic provisions. Jung is suing for fraud, breach of contract, breach of covenant of good faith, and negligent misrepresentation on the part of the organizers, totaling at least $100 million in damages.
The festival sold over 6,000 tickets ranging from $450 to $12,000 for luxury packages. People arrived to Great Exuma, the Bahamian island where the festival was supposed to take place only to realize that nothing was planned. There was a lack a of food, shelter and organization. Once the festivalgoers realized the festival was not happening, they had issues with getting off the island.
The festival advertised as the most amazing festival to happen with Kendall Jenner, Bella Haddid and Emily Ratajkowski as models advertising on ads to sell tickets to the event. McFarland apologized to attendees in an interview with Rolling Stone on Friday. Promises for refunds of the tickets and ticket’s to next years festival, which McFarland says he is still planning.
McFarland said: “We were overwhelmed and just didn’t have the foresight to solve all these problems,”
McFarland who is also the founder of Magnises, a social networking startup that charges members a $250 annual fee for discounted access to exclusive events has been in the hot seat with members complaining that when the company offered them tickets to exclusive events such as “the Super Bowl” or “Hamilton” the always canceled right before the event was to start.
What the festival advertised: Fyre Festival