Kendall Jenner, Emily Ratajkowski & Other Stars Slammed With Lawsuit By Fyre Festival Trustee
Kendall Jenner and Emily Ratajkowski are just a couple of the celebrities who have been slammed with a lawsuit from failed Fyre Festival bankruptcy trustee, according to documents obtained by RadarOnline.com.
The organizer’s trustee is trying to claim back money for defrauded investors and attendees, who never even showed up at the infamous festival that was supposed to take place in the Bahamas after promoting it on social media.
Jenner, 23, received $275,000 for a single Instagram post without revealing she was paid as an advertiser, according to a complaint filed Aug. 28 by the trustee for Fyre Festival LLC.
She also earned an additional $25,000 days after sharing the since-deleted post.
Ratajkowski, 28, also promoted the event led by William “Billy” McFarland online without disclosing she was paid.
DNA Model Management LLC, which represents Ratajkowski, was paid $299,000 by Fyre Media, the lawsuits claim.
Migos, Pusha T, Blink-182, and Lil Yachty were also hit with the lawsuit on Wednesday, Aug. 28 filed in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in New York by trustee Gregory Messer, who has been investigating the scandal.
The lawsuits are seeking to recover money paid to talent agencies, performers they represent and some vendors, including two companies that were paid to charter musicians to the festival on private jets and yachts.
Lil Yachty, Migos and Rae Sremmurd’s agency, International Creative Management LLC, was paid $350,000 for them to perform, according the documents obtained by Radar.
The event, which McFarland thought would be feasible in less than six months, promised to be a luxury music experience that “exceeds all expectations.” The festival boasted “the best in food, art, music and adventure.”
But guests paid thousands for disaster relief tents and cheese sandwiches instead of beach villas and gourmet food. The festival was cancelled when music acts began pulling out.
McFarland, 27, was sentenced to six years in prison in 2018 after pleading guilty to two counts of wire fraud after scamming Fyre Festival investors and guests.
He's serving time at “cushy” FCI Otisville in New York and his release date is September 1, 2023.
Following his sentencing, the fraudster released an apology, that read: “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,” he said. “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.”