Fyre Festival founders Ja Rule and Billy McFarland are the subjects of a $100 million lawsuit filed Sunday in California by celebrity lawyer Mark Geragos, Variety reports.
— Ben Meiselas (@meiselasb) May 1, 2017
Geragos is seeking class-action status for the suit, which anticipates “more than 150 plaintiffs.” The suit was filed on behalf of festival-goer and plaintiff Daniel Jung, who is seeking “$5 million in damages for alleged fraud, breach of contract, breach of covenant of good faith, and negligent misrepresentation,” according to Variety.
The suit claims that the “festival’s lack of adequate food, water, shelter, and medical care created a dangerous and panicked situation among attendees,” who found themselves “stranded on a remote island without basic provisions.” It states that the situation “was closer to The Hunger Games or Lord of the Flies than Coachella.”
Scheduled to take place in the Bahamas this past weekend, the luxury festival devolved into chaos and was soon postponed. The Bahama Ministry of Tourism issued a statement, Ja Rule apologized, and McFarland explained what went wrong, promising a make-up festival next year.
Relieved to share that all guest are safe, and have been sent the form to apply for a refund. Our deepest apologies… #fyrefestival
— Ja Rule (@Ruleyork) April 30, 2017
On Sunday, Ja Rule took to Twitter to issue an update on the situation. “Relieved to share that all guest are safe, and have been sent the form to apply for a refund,” he wrote.
The Fyre Festival Twitter account added, “We’re heartbroken that we let down all the guests who put their faith in us. To our guests and staff—thank you again for your all patience as we navigate our next steps. We owe you an apology.”
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Tickets to Fyre Fest cost between $1,000 to $125,000. The festival was set to run for two weekends, April 28-30 and May 5-7 on the private Fyre Cay. The lineup was publicized to include Blink-182, Migos, Major Lazer and Disclosure but things started to go downhill well before the festival even began with Blink-182 pulling out of their performance.