Fyre Fest Organizers Are Being Sued For $100 Million

The lawsuit says the festival “was closer to The Hunger Games or Lord of the Flies than Coachella.”

May 01, 2017

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Ja Rule and Billy McFarland, the organizers of Fyre Festival, have been hit with a $100 million lawsuit for fraud, breach of contract, and negligence, Variety reports. The class-action suit, filed in California on Sunday by celebrity lawyer Mark Geragos, was submitted on behalf of Daniel Jung, who is seeking $5 million in damages, but the suit anticipates “more than 150 plaintiffs."

The suit claims that 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 inaugural weekend of Fyre Fest ended before it began on Friday, when attendees reported "mass chaos" and a lack of food and water at the Bahamas location. The event, which was billed as a luxury festival experience on a private island, was postponed early Friday morning.

In a status update on Monday, Ja Rule wrote that all attendees had returned home safely and had been "sent the form to apply for a refund.” 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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