The trustee overseeing the music event’s bankruptcy case is asking for the return of fees paid to acts booked from the rock band and the model as well as from Emily Ratajkowski.
AceShowbiz –Blink-182, Kendall Jenner, and Emily Ratajkowski are facing legal action over the fees they received to promote the disastrous Fyre Festival.
The punk trio were due to headline the event in 2017, but bailed out when it started to become clear it would be a disaster, with festivalgoers left stranded on the Bahamian island of Great Exuma with little in the way of shelter or food. Jenner and Ratajkowski had promoted the supposedly luxury music bash on Instagram.
The trustee overseeing the event’s bankruptcy case filed a series of lawsuits on Wednesday, August 28, seeking to claw back funds for investors in the event, and is asking for the return of fees paid to acts booked, which also includes Lil Yachty, Migos, Rae Sremmurd, Pusha T, Desiigner, Skepta, and Tyga.
According to Variety, they are seeking the return of $500,000 (£410,000) paid to the “All the Small Things” hitmakers, with another lawsuit demanding Jenner return $275,000 (£226,000) she received in exchange for doing a promotional social media post. In a third suit filed against Ratajkowski, they look to recoup the $300,000 (£246,000) she was paid for an Instagram post.
The suit alleges that the payments were part of a scheme by the festival’s founder Billy McFarland to defraud investors, and therefore should be voided.
They also accuse Ratajkowski and Jenner of showing a “clear lack of good faith,” because they did not disclose that they were paid to promote the festival, which was billed as a luxury event co-founded by Ja Rule and popular with social media influencers.
McFarland pleaded guilty to federal fraud charges in the U.S. last year (2018), and is serving a six-year prison term. He also owes $26 million (£21.3 million) as disgorgement for his fraud, estimated by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to have cost victims $27.4 million (£22.5 million).
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