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Ja Rule And Fyre Festival Slapped With $100 Million Lawsuit For Multiple Counts Of Fraud

Well, it’s been a little over four days since thousands of attendees at an ill fated music festival in the Bahamas were left to fend for themselves in a Millennial’s worst nightmare of dying cell phonescardboard sandwiches, burning tents, roving bands of thievesferal dogs, and worst of all – anarchy at the bar.  Advertised as having “first-class culinary experiences and a luxury atmosphere,” things like the “Private Luxury Villas” turned out to be nothing more than USAID disaster relief tents:

The festival was quickly canceled after the story broke, with event organizers Ja Rule (real name Jeffrey Atkins) and Billy McFarland sort of apologizing:

And hours ago, a class-action lawsuit was filed against event organizers Ja Rule, Billy McFarland, and their company, Fyre Media, Inc. A copy of the filing was provided to iBankCoin.com by Geragos & Geragos – the high profile law firm which has represented such clients as Michael Jackson, Chris Brown, Winona Ryder, Ke$ha, and former Bill Clinton business partner Sousan McDougal.

Filed in a California Court, Plaintiff Daniel Jung asserts:

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.

Damages in excess of $100 million:

Plaintiff brings this class action on behalf of all ticket buyers and festival attendees defrauded and wronged by Defendants, and seeks damages in excess of $100,000,000.00 on behalf of himself and the Class.

Here’s where the fraud comes in:

Shockingly, Defendants had been aware for months that their festival was dangerously under-equipped and posed a serious danger to anyone in attendance…  …the few contractors who had been retained by Defendants were refusing to work because they had not been paid.

At the same time, however, Defendants were knowingly lying about the festival’s accommodations and safety, and continued to promote the event and sell ticket packages. The festival was even promoted as being on a “private island” once owned by drug kingpin Pablo Escobar—the island isn’t private, as there is a “Sandals” resort down the road, and Pablo Escobar never owned the island.

The suit describes the harrowing conditions:

Festival-goers survived on bare rations, little more than bread and a slice of cheese, and tried to escape the elements in the only shelter provided by Defendants: small clusters of ‘FEMA tents,’ exposed on a sand bar, that were soaked and battered by wind and rain.

“With only unsecured tents as accommodations, rather than the promised villas, attendees had no secure area to store valuables and other personal items. Similarly, the ‘world-class cuisine’ was nowhere to be found, replaced by meager rations that were in dangerously short supply. Even more troublingly, festival staff were nowhere to be found to address attendees’ concerns, and the medical staff was similarly absent.

As the weekend turned to chaos, attendees found themselves trapped at the ‘cashless’ event:

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Faced with the complete lack of even the most basic amenities, as well as no assistance from Defendants, festival attendees began to panic. Predictably, Attendees began attempting to leave the island en masse, but found themselves trapped—even locked inside an airport awaiting delayed flights.

Attendees’ efforts to escape the unfolding disaster were hamstrung by their reliance upon Defendants for transportation, as well as by the fact that Defendants promoted the festival as a ‘cashless’ eventDefendants instructed attendees to upload funds to a wristband for use at the festival rather than bringing any cash. As such, Attendees were unable to purchase basic transportation on local taxis or busses, which accept only cash. As a result … at least one attendee suffered a medical emergency and lost consciousness after being locked inside a nearby building with other concert-goers waiting to be airlifted from the island.

Ja Rule and McFarland even warned performers not to attend!

Mr. McFarland and Mr. Atkins began personally reaching out to performers and celebrities in advance of the festival and warned them not to attend—acknowledging the fact that the festival was outrageously underequipped and potentially dangerous for anyone in attendance.

Meanwhile, this was what people thought they were getting:

Ja Rule’s pre-festival toast:  

A statement from Jung’s attorney:

While we don’t know how solvent Fyre Media, Inc. is at this point, event organizer Ja Rule (Jeffrey Atkins), a rapper and actor who spent two years in federal prison on gun and tax evasion charges, is estimated to be worth at least $8 million dollars.

Maybe it’s time to give Mariah a call? Then again…

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51 comments

  1. oilerua

    deserved, i guess someone will pay in his place

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  2. sarcrilege

    OMG, this is horrible, the festival-goers survived on bare rations, little more than bread and a slice of cheese…the horror. That sure deserves a $100MM law suit. That’s the problem with these marxist gender-confused, dipshit millennial SJW snowflakes living in their safe spaces … always crying about some contrived injustice but never ever thinking about reflecting on their own pathetic world views and taking responsibility for their own actions. Stop crying and suck it up you pathetic buttercups, own it and learn from it! Stop expecting everybody else bailing you out of your shit and giving you a participation trophy every time you fail.

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  3. Mike

    If you paid $12,000 for lux accommodation, gourmet food and a secure environment and then showed up to find out you were getting an ass fucking and a cheese sandwich, you’d be upset too. Regardless of what year you were born in.

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  4. speerothekid

    @Mike exactly. anyone saying the things @sacrilege is saying are clueless. they’d be crying and whining too if they were scammed that hard. has nothing to do with how well off or what generation you’re from.

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  5. Tom Brady

    @Sacrilege.. I’m sure the attorneys are the ones most eager to see the suit won.. It’ll be a bigger pay day for them and the ticket holders would get a fraction of what they paid no doubt.

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  6. Millennial

    Can we stop with the fucking Millennial bashing?

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  7. sarcrilege

    @Mike, @speerothekid….ever heard of “due diligence”? I thought so…something the marxist pinko socialist millennials laced with communism are not capable of. LOL. The millennials are not even capable of determining their own gender let alone due diligence. The millennial always crying snowflakes get up in the morning, look down, see something and cannot decide what it is. It’s so confusing for them! So they flip a coin and that’s the gender they are. And then they want the rest of us respect their decision. And then they expect a participation trophy for making the wrong choice. Sad.

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  8. Dr. Fly

    The millennial bashing will continue until morale improves.

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  9. Randy

    ^^sacrilege, you’re a special kind of mouth – breathing fucktard. If you’d take a break from fucking your sister long enough to do literally anything else, you’d know there’s a big fuck difference between “whining about stupid shit” and “willful fraud and gross negligence on a scale almost beyond belief.” You can speak your mind man, but seriously…pick a better target. These people, whether or not they suck, we’re legitimately wronged, and since I imagine you’re one of those ‘patriots’ who wraps himself in a flag to jack off every night, you’ll know that this is how our legal system deals with this type of fuckfacery. Say hi to your sister for me. 🖕

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  10. Relige

    @Sacrilege
    You have two choices when someone screws you. Lie down like a subjugated lamb and take it, while muttering afterwards about how unjust and unfair and uncomfortable it all was but how you were infinitely powerless to stop it but that you’ve learned your lesson. Or turn around and smack them in their big fat mouths, regardless of the prospect of compensation, and ensure the lesson is learned by them. There’s nothing Marxist or millennial about it.

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  11. David Vanhouten
    David Vanhouten

    I’m intrigued as to why it was impossible to get the word out that this was going to be a humongous fiasco before anyone arrived.

    This was supposed to be a fantastic festival. These things take hundreds of people to organise the logistics chain. Nobody made inquiries, nobody looked at this, nobody was aware of anything?

    As Deepthroat said: follow the money. Somebody somewhere knew something and they managed to completely keep this under wraps? Really?

    Ja Rule was going to have this massive festival and he couldn’t be bothered to follow-up on the basics of making sure stuff was actually moving?

    I seriously doubt all that.

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  12. Turd Sandwich

    These people are a special kind of stupid to trust someone who spent time in a federal prison for gun and tax evasion charges. Hmm, should I trust someone who makes millions, and wants to keep it all without paying taxes? The answer is NO. Why the hell would anyone trust something with Ja Rules name on it? Your fault for trusting a felon who likes his money. Dumbasses.

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  13. Paul

    Was it the millenials that bailed out wall street and the auto industry? How did bailouts become symbolic of the millenial generation?

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  14. lazylightnin

    @randy You have to learn to ignore people like sarcrilege, they don’t matter. They think their opinions are important, so they have to let everyone know how they feel on every little article they can find. The only reason they keep coming back is because people respond to their idiotic ramblings. You have to treat them like you would an obnoxious child, just ignore them and soon they will stop.

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  15. Mike Jensen

    The joke is on idiots who pay for “Ja” – music sucks – as does all rap – and he rules nothing.

    Rock rules.

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  16. michele

    “If you paid $12,000 for lux accommodation, gourmet food and a secure environment and then showed up to find out you were getting an ass fucking and a cheese sandwich, you’d be upset too. Regardless of what year you were born in.”…….

    If you paid 12k for a fucking “weekend music festival of frivolity and “island luxury” to see the line up advertised – then You are a fucking WASTE mongering FOOL no matter WHAT age race or “genderation” you claim to be! SMDH yep! the fuckwad attorneys were licking their lips in anticipation over this one! Guess it’s useless to point out that these self impressed and obviously very gullible little weenies got a taste of reality for their “hard earned cash”as to how things are for THE REST OF US…[ wonder how many of them will go and work in Sudan or Somaolia now?] Same standards! WE”RE ALL WASTED!!!!!! LOLOLOLOL stop with the undeserved indignation mill-rats! Youre NO DIFFERENT THAN ANYTHING THATS COME BEFORE YOU! and THATS the problem. aint it?

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  17. speerothekid

    @sacrilege literally nothing you’re saying has anything to do with the fact that they were lied to and scammed.

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  18. Fixyogenfirst

    @Sarcrilage. Your generation couldnt even convict O.J.

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  19. Mike

    They should sue. No one deserves to be scammed and treated the way they were.

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  20. Mark Silvers

    I would sue em’ too,more than $100 as that’s not enough for the fraudulent lies they portrayed to everyone.

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  21. Philip

    Why do you even want to pay for this thing? There are singers and movie stars coming to my city, I dont even bother. Watch on TV for free. Oh, they are all liberals anyway. So even more “no thanks!”.

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  22. Mark Silvers

    Ja Rules music sucks!! Any child can talk and rhyme to music that they rip off from other bands…Rap Sucks, Period!!

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  23. Free Thinker

    @sarcrilege

    Hasty generalization much? Keep talking shit about our generation, we’re going to be the ones paying for your social security so your senile and hateful ass can sit in his armchair and bite the hand that feeds while we solve the problems and remedy the failures your generation caused and is unsurprisingly too stupid to fix.

    Do you really believe that you can reduce an entire generation of people to subhumans by attacking us with bigotry and hate speech? We’re not all locked in echo chambers, asshole. We constantly see your hate being spewed in every corner of the internet and we’ll do and say whatever the hell we damn well please in spite of what you say. Keep saying it by all means we’ll just drown it out.

    You call us snowflakes but guess what, homeboy? My parents were Gen X just like you and you all started the self-esteem movement while raising us so you’re really hating on your own generation. Just because we don’t hate trans people like you does not make us all less than human…I mean really where does all that hate come from? Some deep-seated homosexual angst?

    You need to take a step back and have a long hard look at your life. Understand that the reality we perceive is just a tiny distorted fragment of the whole truth. This is America, bro – you can sue anyone for any thing you want. I can sue you for your comment if I felt like it. Doesn’t mean I’d win. Doesn’t mean it wouldn’t get thrown out, but I could.

    Before you claim we’re incapable of due diligence I suggest you familiarize yourself with some rules of logic and laws of the land. Deceiving people is still possible with due diligence and you can’t tell me you know every single detail of everything you do in your life. These people were deceived AS consumers, and due diligence typically applies to corporate mergers and acquisitions and contract law..your argument is invalid.

    Stop defending Ja Rule, he’s not the hero here. Since you’re so in love with the fallacies here’s something for you to reflect on:

    Do you read the ingredient list and perform organic chemistry on every single food item you ingest to validate the contents?

    And

    Donald Trump is a punk. Wassup?

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  24. Eric williams

    It’s just a rainy day drowning in the Lord’s pain

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  25. aggiealum

    So I know two people who had the opportunity to attend. One bought tix and made it all the way to Exumas. The other saw a lot of red flags with this event. The one who didnt go picked the other up from the airport this past weekend. The attendee’s experience was no where near what the media or IG/TWTR posts are claiming. It was definitely an inconvenience in both time and money (rebooking return flights from Miami back home), but sounds like the Hunger Games / Lord of the Flies experiences were a little exaggerated maybe?

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  26. seige

    @sarcrilege
    Due Diligence isn’t applicable in this situation, as they were ‘sold’ on the idea for the festival. It isn’t reasonable for a consumer to call a local in the Bahamas and have them inspect the site, question the staff, and give a detailed report on how awful it would be months in advance. This entire lawsuit is more concerned with consumer protection (something you should be advocating, not condemning.)

    This business advertised villas, bands, and fine cuisine, so it’s no wonder people are pissed when they show up to what they did. It’s flagrant false advertisement, and it’s damning when the event organizers warn the bands and celebrities not to come because they were aware of how much potential danger was involved in going (obviously, without warning the general public.)

    It’s not about communism, it’s not about millennials, it’s about consumer rights and protection.

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  27. SlamDunken

    As one of the snowflakes millenials who was actually at the Fyre Festival festival and who just finally made it home , let me tell you, this was an experience of a lifetime.

    Along with the rampant thieves and roaming popped collar gangs running about, what the media hasn’t managed to cover was the fact that many of these disaster relief suites were turned into full on orgy houses.. Not even kidding. My tent had 15 people all going to town in some end of world having sex marathon. It smelled like a goddamn Christmas ham up in there.

    Also I met my future wife in that tent, so the festival wasn’t a total bust, or was it?

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  28. Steve

    Lmfao! That’s what you get for.following these assholes! You deserved every miserable second. Idiots! Only one problem,you returned.

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  29. dae42

    The millennial bashing will continue until there’s at least scant evidence they’re not completely gullible morons.

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  30. 4koff

    This happened in the US, on sovereign soil? If we assume there is an insurance backing for the event, the plaintiffs “may” see a payday.
    At least The mesothelioma commercials will be temporarily replaced by “did you sign up to attend a bad party?” commercials.

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  31. JC

    I love that there’s already t-shirts on amazon! https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0713X83DB

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