This joke just got serious. Organizers of the Fyre Festival debacle just got hit with a $100 million class-action lawsuit.
The inevitable lawsuit that everyone expected to follow the nightmare has finally arrived.
Vulture reports that “celebrity lawyer” Mark Geragos has filed a $100 million class-action lawsuit on behalf of one attendee and hopes that others who went will add their names to the list of plaintiffs. The lawsuit is claiming that organizers Ja Rule and Billy McFarland duped paying festival goers into the trip, knowing damn well they weren’t equipped to accommodate them. The lawsuit also says that they warned the celebrities they got to promote the festival not to attend.
In the days since the story broke, many have found humor in seeing a bunch of hypebeasting rich kids get tricked. But in all seriousness, people’s lives were put at risk. The lawsuit main claim states:
“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.”
McFarland has taken partial responsibility for the disaster and admitted that his team was not experienced enough. Ja Rule, on the other hand, has said none of this is his fault and it was not a scam. Reports have also surfaced saying that the Bahamas may sue as well because the island is currently on government lockdown because of the fracas and losing money.
For what it’s worth, Ja Rule has promised the victims a full refund and free tickets to next years Fyre Festival.