Cape Town – Kendall Jenner and other celebs are officially being sued for promoting the Fyre Festival.
E! News obtained court documents confirming big names, including Kendall, are being sued to recover the money paid to them, while complaints were also filed against Migos, Blink-182, Lily Yachty and Pusha T in New York's US Bankruptcy Court.
The charges were filed by the Fyre Festival's event's trustee, Gregory Messer.
While the amount each celeb will be expected to pay is unknown, the lawsuit outlined just how much was paid to the models, artists and their teams to promote the festival – some in the form of just one, single social media post.
Kendall Jenner was allegedly paid $275 000 (R4 163 761) for one post in which she mentioned "GOOD Music" – the label Kanye West founded. Kendall did not indicate she was paid to promote the festival and thereby "intentionally led certain members of the public and ticket purchasers to believe" Kanye would perform at the event.
Emily Ratajkowski's agency, DNA Model Management, was also reportedly paid $299 000 (R4 527 144). According to Gregory, Emily "made at least one" social media post promoting the festival, again, without saying she'd received payment for the post.
Migos, Lil Yachty and Rae Sremmurd were all set to perform after International Creative Management was paid $350 000 (R 5 299 333), while Creative Artists Agency was paid $500 000 (R7 570 475) for Blink-182 and Nue Agency an additional $730 000 (R11 052 893) for Pusha T, Desiigner and Tyga.
From the documentaries that came from the disaster festival, we know there were many more massive sums involved. But the above amounts to a whopping $2 154 000 – R 32 627 392.
After the festival made headlines, for the most part as a result of the popular Netflix documentary Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened and Hulu's Fyre Fraud, the mastermind behind the festival Billy McFarland, was sentenced to six years in prison.
He's since apologised and 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."
Ja Rule, who was a business partner with McFarland for the festival, and chief marketing officer, Grant Margolin, were both taken to court for allegedly promoting the event knowing it was a scam.
In his ruling, the judge said though, "There is no assertion that the Festival when first conceived or introduced to the public was intended not to go forward or that defendants intended not to perform by organising the advertised amenities and accommodation."
In June, they were cleared of all charges.