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$100 Million Fraud Lawsuit Filed Over Over Fyre Festival

May 1, 2017 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas

Ja Rule and Billy McFarland have been hit with a $100 million lawsuit over their disastrous Fyre Festival. Variety reports that the two have been sued by Daniel Jung, who attended the now-infamous two-weekend concert, which saw attendees pay between $1,200 and $100,000 to attend but fell apart before it even began.

Jung’s lawsuit, which was filed on Sunday by Mark Geragos, is seeking class action status and anticipates over 150 plaintiffs. It claims that 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 suit alleges fraud, breach of contract, breach of covenant of good faith and negligent misrepresentation from Rule and McFarland, who organized the event.

Jung says that he spent $2,000 on his ticket and airfare, after which he and others “survived on bare rations, little more than bread and a slice of cheese, and tried to escape the elements in the only shelter provided by Defendants: small clusters of ‘FEMA tents,’ exposed on a sand bar, that were soaked and battered by wind and rain.”

The Fyre Festival official website has removed promotional materials for the event and says that organizers were overwhelmed by the response, finding that the Bahamas couldn’t support the crowd that paid to attend. The site notes that it was decided “infrastructure for a festival of this magnitude needed to be built from the ground up. So, we decided to literally attempt to build a city. We set up water and waste management, brought an ambulance from New York, and chartered 737 planes to shuttle our guests via 12 flights a day from Miami.”

The lawsuit notes, “Faced with the complete lack of even the most basic amenities, as well as no assistance from Defendants, festival attendees began to panic. Predictably, Attendees began attempting to leave the island en masse, but found themselves trapped—even locked inside an airport awaiting delayed flights.” It adds that the Festival was promoted as a “cashless” event in which the organizers told attendees to “upload funds to a wristband for use at the festival rather than bringing any cash.” This meant that the attendees were unable to buy basic transportation as a result.

Several acts pulled out of the festival at the last minute when it was determined that things were going south. Celebrities such as Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid and Emily Ratajkowski promoted the event on their social media accounts. The festival has offered to give festival-goers free tickets to next year’s event, which they intend to hold in the US.

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