Fyre Festival has come under fire, with seven lawsuit’s so far levied against co-founders Billy McFarland and Ja Rule. The latest was filed this Tuesday in a Manhattan federal court on behalf of two dissatisfied attendees, Sean Daly and Edward Ivey, according to Pitchfork.
To go along with alleging negligent misrepresentation and breech of contract, unjust enrichment is alleged by the filing parties, as well as violation of New York state business law. Even after it was clear that the festival was not happening and artists had been instructed not to travel to the festival location, the organizers continued accept payments from attendees, even offering VIP upgrades to tickets and encouraging attendees to put money into their cashless “Fyre Band,” which was intended to be the festival’s payment system (meaning the people attending the festival were stranded in a foreign country without any actual cash, just a useless “Fyre” Band”).
Paragraphs 40 and 41 state the complaints:
40. Defendants represented, among other things, that (1) the Fyre Festival would take place on a private island; (2) the island was previously owned by infamous drug lord Pablo Escobar; (3) food and beverages would be provided, including VIP food packages and upgrades; (4) the living quarters would be fully furnished permanent structures; and (5) the event would be attended by celebrities, and that top-level musical talent would be performing.
41. All of the representations made by Defendants alleged in paragraph 40 proved to be completely false.
This latest legal issue for McFarland and Ja Rule joins at least six other lawsuits against the Fyre Festival organizers. When asked about his involvement with Fyre Festival, people have said that the rapper viewed it as a chance to be the “comeback kid” and would lead to a rebirth of his career.
We can clearly see that this festival was one big mistake after another. Also, check out the full lawsuit down below.