The Fyre Festival was billed as having “first-class culinary experiences and a luxury atmosphere,” and “Private Luxury Villas” in the Bahamas turned out to be quite different. Four days after the close of the festival, a $100 million dollar lawsuit has been filed against event organizers Ja Rule, Billy McFarland, and their company, Fyre Media, Inc.
As thousands of attendees found out, what was supposed to be a luxury experience degraded into burning tents, roving bands of hooligans, feral dogs, lack of cell service, terrible almost nonexistent food, and anarchy at the bar.
The “Private Luxury Villas” were, in fact, USAID disaster relief tents.
The lawsuit, filed by famed attorneys Geragos & Geragos from Los Angeles, alleges “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 lawsuit also specifies $100 million in damages “Plaintiff brings this class action on behalf of all ticket buyers and festival attendees defrauded and wronged by Defendants, and seeks damages in excess of $100,000,000.00 on behalf of himself and the Class.”
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Update May 28, 2017: “A petition to consolidate civil class action lawsuits against Fyre Media and company co-founders Billy McFarland and Ja Rule will come before a panel of federal court judges in Los Angeles on July 27. Meanwhile, the criminal investigation continues, with grand jury subpoenas issued and involvement by U.S. attorneys in California.
Plaintiff litigators expect the Fyre defense team will, on or before that day, move to put the civil cases on hold pending the outcome of the criminal proceedings, still in the early stages but now active on both coasts, as assistant U.S. attorneys and FBI agents in New York, Florida, and California gather evidence.” Fyre Festival Variety