Fyre Festival Organizers Hit With $100M Lawsuit

Paul Ciampanelli
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Well, this was inevitable.

Celebrity lawyer Mark Geragos has filed a lawsuit against Ja Rule and Billy McFarland, the organizers behind the disastrous Fyre Festival that was a total disaster last weekend. Geragos filed the suit on behalf of Daniel Jung, who is seeking $5 million in damages for fraud. The proposed class-action suit, which expects more than 150 plaintiffs, would seek at least $100 million.

Fyre Festival was billed as a “luxury” music experience spread across two weekends and featuring the "the best in food, art, music and adventure" on a private island in the Bahamas “on the boundaries of the impossible,” whatever that means.

What attendees got, as you’ve probably heard by now, and as Daniel Jung alleges in his lawsuit, was “bare rations, little more than bread and a slice of cheese, and … small clusters of ‘FEMA tents,’ exposed on a sand bar, that were soaked and battered by wind and rain.” For that, Jung paid $2,000.

Fyre Festival prices ranged from $1,000 for tickets to $125,000 for group packages. The Festival was canceled the morning it was scheduled to start because basically no infrastructure was prepared to handle the performers or the festival’s attendees. Many who arrived on the island early were left stranded.

The commonwealth of Bahamas itself is expected to file a lawsuit itself after losing out on projected millions in tourism dollars the cancelled festival has cost the island state.

Fyre Festival organizer Billy McFarland, 26, released a statement offering explanations and apologies in the wake of the doomed festival.

“We were a little naïve in thinking for the first time we could do this ourselves,” McFarland wrote. “Next year, we will definitely start earlier.”

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