Monday 24 July 2017

Fyre Festival attendee files €92m 'Lord of the Flies' lawsuit over alleged 'get-rich-quick scam'

Bella Hadid promoting Fyre Festival
Bella Hadid promoting Fyre Festival
Elsa Hosk, Emily Ratajkoski, Bella Hadid and other supermodels promoting Fyre Festival
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

The organisers of the ill-fated Fyre Festival have been hit with a whopper $100m (€92m) lawsuit.

The festival was promoted by supermodels Bella Hadid and Kendall Jenner but attendees were met with chaos this weekend when they descended on the location in the Bahamas.

Amongst the issues were a lack of performers (many had cancelled including Blink 182 who were set to headline), there was reportedly inadequate food and water, and "private villas" were disaster relief tents used by the United Nations and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Attendee Daniel Jung filed the suit via celebrity lawyer Mark Geragos and is suing organisers - rapper Ja Rule and Billy McFarland - for fraud, negligent representation and breach of contract.

Ja Rule and McFarland have apologised and offered to refund the ticket price (from $1200 to over $100,000) to all festival goers.  However, Jung filed the suit accusing them of a "get-rich-quick scam".

"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 - that was closer to The Hunger Games or Lord of the Flies than Coachella," the filing said.

It further alleged, "The Fyre Festival was nothing more than a get-rich-quick scam from the very beginning."

The New York Times reporter Joe Coscarelli has also revealed that the organisers are insisting the event will take place in 2018 and are offering disappointed festival goers who are "down for the adventure" VIP tickets to that instead of a refund.

Fyre Festival organisers said in a statement this weekend: "Due to unforeseen and extenuating circumstances, Fyre Festival has been fully postponed. After assessing the situation this morning and looking at best options for our guests, we cannot move forward as we hoped we could At this time, we are working tirelessly to get flights scheduled and get all travellers home safely."

Some were locked in an airport for their own safety.

Ja Rule issued a statement on Friday night, saying: "We are working right now on getting everyone on the island SAFE...that is my immediate concern.,,I wanted this to be an amazing event it was NOT A SCAM as everyone is reporting I don't how everything went so left but I'm working to make it right by making sure everyone is refunded."

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