The drama for the purgatory paradise that was the Fyre Festival just keeps unfolding.
In the latest saga that left Bahamas vacationers stranded in inhumane conditions, the event’s organizers — Ja Rule, Billy McFarland and chief marketing officer Grant Margolin — are now being accused of severely blowing funds, such as having the likes of Kendall Jenner and other top social media influencers get paid copious amounts to advertise an event where they were never scheduled to appear.
According to an anonymous source within knowledge of the Fyre Festival organization who spoke with VICE, the reality TV star turned supermodel was paid a whopping $250,000 for a single (seemingly now deleted) Instagram post promoting the festival while several other public figures received no “less than $20,000” for their uploading efforts.
VICE also reported that 25-year-old McFarland went all Migos video misappropriating other funds, dropping millions on private jets, yachts and any model he deemed fit enough to be associated with his ill-fated rendezvous. There was also alleged commentary from the source that read, “Billy would take all the boys down there, it would be boys only. They would talk about fucking bitches and hoes in conference meetings.”
The full range of specifics from the Fyre Festival’s third class-action lawsuit was obtained by Pitchfork Wednesday (May 3) and outlines how attendees Matthew Herlihy and Anthony Lauriello claim the event’s organizers used “false representations, material omissions, and negligence regarding the ‘Fyre Festival’ and their failure to organize, prepare, and provide attendees with the experience that the Defendants marketed as being a luxurious private-island getaway.”
Neither Herlihy and Lauriello made it clear as to how much they were suing the creator of “Holla Holla” & co. for, but the lawsuit alleges that Lauriello had his headphones, jeans, sneakers, and other personal items stolen as well.
Following the viral fallout of the Fyre Festival, Ja Rule took to his Twitter account to deny any blame but still took some responsibility.
“I wanted this to be an amazing event it was NOT A SCAM as everyone is reporting I don’t know how everything went so left but I’m working to make it right by making sure everyone is refunded…” Mr. Rule wrote.
“I truly apologize as this is NOT MY FAULT… but I’m taking responsibility I’m deeply sorry to everyone who was inconvenienced by this…”
Unsurprisingly, requests for comment from the plaintiffs have all been met with radio silence since all of the aforementioned drama unfolded.
In lighter news, the Fyre Festival fallout has been inspiring all sorts of memes and even a 33-page movie script that somehow incorporated Leonardo DiCaprio.