Nakasama sa isang malaking lawsuit ang reality star at supermodel na si Kendall Jenner, kasama ang iba pa dahil sa pumalpak na Fyre Festival noong 2017 sa Bahamian Island of Great Exuma.
Fyre Festival was a fraudulent "luxury music festival" founded by Billy McFarland, CEO of Fyre Media Inc, and rapper Ja Rule, and created with the intent of promoting the company's Fyre app for booking music talent.
The event was promoted on Instagram by social media influencers tulad ni Kendall Jenner, kasama sina Bella Hadid, Hailey Baldwin at Emily Ratajkowski. Nakasama rin sa pag-promote ng festival ay ang mga models na sina Elsa Hosk, Chanel Iman, Lais Ribeiro, Alessandra Ambrosio, Shanina Shaik, Nadine Leopold, Rose Bertram, Gizele Oliveira and Hannah Ferguson.
Described as a "cultural moment created from a blend of music, art and food" and scheduled across two weekends in 2017, na-disappoint ang mga dumating sa the Bahamas, dahil sa mismong araw ng event ay nagkaroon ng problema sa security, food, accommodation, medical services and artist relations.
Nagbayad ng ilang libong dolyares ang mga dumalo para sa event, pero ang inasahan nila na luxury villas as accommodation, nilagay sila sa mga FEMA tents. At ang in-advertise na gourmet meals ay naging pre-packaged sandwiches. Nalaman din nila na ang mga pinangakong musicians na magpe-perform ay hindi na darating.
According to court documents obtained by E! News, Jenner, Hadid, Ratajkowski, Baldwin and more stars are "officially being sued to recover money allegedly paid to them for their role in promoting the infamous event."
Kasama rin sa filed lawsuit sa New York's U.S. Bankruptcy Court by the event's trustee, Gregory Messer ay sina Migos, Blink-182, Lily Yachty and Pusha T.
Ayon sa filed lawsuit ni Messer: "The trustee is seeking to recover money paid to talent agencies, performers, vendors and other entities involved in the marketing and failed execution of Fyre Festival. The lawsuit claims Jenner was paid $275,000 for a single social media post. Messer states that Jenner's post, which referenced her "G.O.O.D. Music Family" and did not indicate that she was paid to promote the festival, intentionally led certain members of the public and ticket purchasers to believe that Kanye West, who founded the G.O.O.D. music label, was set to perform at the event. This conduct demonstrates a clear lack of good faith on Jenner's part."
Sa isang separate bankruptcy lawsuits, "Fyre Media paid DNA Model Management, which represents Ratajkowski, $299,000. Messer states that the model made at least one social media post promoting the festival, but did not disclose she received payment for the post."
Samantala, ang International Creative Management was paid $350,000 for Migos, Lil Yachty and Rae Sremmurd to perform; Creative Artists Agency was paid $500,000 for Blink-182; and Nue Agency was paid $730,000 for Pusha T, Desiigner and Tyga.
Ang CEO ng Fyre Media Inc. na si McFarland ay sine-serve na ang 6-year prison sentence niya after pleading guilty to wire fraud in March 2018. He was ordered to forfeit $26 million. Si Ja Rule ay hindi pa nagsasampahan ng kaso.
"I am incredibly sorry for my collective actions and will right the wrongs I have delivered to my family, friends, partners, associates and, you, the general public. I've always sought—and dreamed—to accomplish incredible things by pushing the envelope to deliver for a common good, but I made many wrong and immature decisions along the way and I caused agony. As a result, I've lived every day in prison with pain, and I will continue to do so until I am able to make up for some of this harm through work and actions that society finds respectable."
The organizers became the subject of at least eight lawsuits, several seeking class action status, and one seeking more than $100 million in damages. The cases accuse the organizers of defrauding ticket buyers.
Nagkaroon pa ng dalawang documentaries tungkol sa infamous event na ito: Hulu's Fyre Fraud and Netflix's Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened.
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