A $100 million class action lawsuit has been filed by Attorney Mark Gergagos against the organizers of the fiasco known as the Fyre Festival, which is now being seen as a ‘get rich quick’ scheme.
This ‘festival’ was intended to be a music festival in the Bahamas that promised luxury and a fantastic time. Guests who paid thousands of dollars for their tickets were left stranded, struggling to find flights home.
The biggest organizers of this event are Ja Rule and Billy McFarland, a 25 year old entrepreneur. They are being accused of trying to trick those who attended the festival out of “hundreds of millions of dollars” by having them fly out to a remote island where there was limited “food, shelter or water.”
This act not only the festival attendees in danger, but it showed an absolute disregard for their well-being once their feet hit the island floor.
Some of the ticket buyers spent up to $200,000 on the most luxurious festival package, only to find no festival, accommodations that consisted of disaster relief tents instead of the promised “villas,” and sparse meals of cheese sandwiches instead of gourmet meals by a celebrity chef.
The festival — which had been heavily promoted for months by models and influential social media personalities including Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid and Hailey Baldwin —had been billed as a unique “cultural experience,” with planned performances from Blink-182 and the rappers Tyga and Desiigner, and opulent ticket packages offering the ability to charter a yacht. The festival’s official video advertisement promised the island was once owned by legendary drug kingpin Pablo Escobar.
But guests who made it to the island reported seeing wet, soggy tents, a lack of security and food, and even stray animals roaming the campgrounds.
After organizers cancelled the event Friday, attendees struggled to schedule return flights home as the Island of Exumas’ tiny airport was overrun with last-minute travelers.
In the lawsuit, Geragos alleges that the festival was “more like The Hunger Games or Lord of the Flies than Coachella,” according to Billboard. The suit alleges fraud, breach of contract and negligent misrepresentation, with Geragos charging that the island was not “private,” as had been advertised, and had never been owned by Escobar. The lawsuit also claims that Rule and McFarland knew the festival would be a catastrophe and warned A-list promoters not to attend.