Andy King, the employee Fyre Festival co-founder Billy McFarland convinced to give oral sex in exchange for free water, stood by his friend’s side while planning the botched festival. In an exclusive interview with RadarOnline.com, King admitted he's currently on the outs with McFarland.
“I haven’t spoken to him since he’s been in prison,” King told Radar of his former friend.
King admitted he “wants to speak with him” when he is released from FCI Otisville in New York, where he's serving a 6-year sentence for wire fraud.
“I want to clarify a lot of stuff with him,” he said. “I went through a lot with Fyre.”
King, the creative director of Inward Point, planned events for McFarland’s now-defunct company Magnises, which was a millennial black card.
The two teamed up again for Fyre Festival even though King wasn’t convinced the idea would be executed as advertised.
In the Netflix documentary Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened, he explained how McFarland called him days before the festival with a problem. Customs would not release Evian water shipped to the Bahamas until a $175,000 custom fee was paid.
“Billy called and said, ‘We need you to take one big thing for the team,’” King explained. “’You’re our wonderful gay leader and we need you to go down… will suck d**k to fix this water problem?’ You will save this festival.”
King was fully prepared to perform oral sex, until the customs official told him he would release the water if he is one of the first paid.
While McFarland is serving time, King revealed to Radar that the scandal helped his event planning business.
“I have been so busy hosting a pre-Oscar party,” he said. “That’s the positive. It’s helped my business. I’m growing into being a huge influence in this country. Everything I do, I want it to be a positive change and environmental impact.”
He admitted he is pleased with the Netflix documentary, as he “wanted the true story told.”
“We’re working on paying everything back to the workers in the Bahamas,” he said.
Bahamian restaurant worker Maryann Rolle and her team worked to prepare 1,000 meals a day for the festival. She broke down crying, claiming she paid her workers $50,000 of her life savings.
A GoFundMe page was set up for Rolle. As of today, $179,243 has been raised.
Fyre Festival, which Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid and other celebrities promoted, promised to be a luxury music experience that “exceeds all expectations” on Pablo Escobar’s former Bahamas island with the “best in food, art, music and adventure.”
The April 2017 festival was canceled after guests arrived to find FEMA tents instead of expensive beach villas, cheese sandwiches and refugee-like conditions.
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