The moral of the story is: don’t fuck with rich people.
A $100 million class-action lawsuit has been filed against the organizers of the ill-fated Fyre Festival after the luxury event descended into chaos this past weekend.
As Variety reports, celebrity lawyer Mark Geragos – whose previous clients include Michael Jackson, Kesha and Winona Rider – filed a lawsuit against festival organizers Ja Rule and Billy McFarland yesterday (April 30) on behalf of his client Daniel Jung.
Jung is seeking $5 million in damages for “alleged fraud, breach of contract, breach of covenant of good faith, and negligent misrepresentation.” The suit predicts a class of “more than 150″ plaintiffs, with a minimum of $100 million in damages.
The suit states that the “festival’s lack of adequate food, water, shelter, and medical care created a dangerous and panicked situation among attendees,” who became “stranded on a remote island without basic provisions.” It claims that the situation “was closer to The Hunger Games or Lord of the Flies than Coachella.”
Variety also points out that celebrities “including Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid and Emily Ratajkowski” were cited by name in the complaint, which says they used their social media accounts “to generate ticket sales.”
The luxury event, which was due to take place on a private island in the Bahamas this past weekend and the following one, had been advertised as a glamorous getaway, with tickets ranging from $1,000 to $12,000. However, on opening night, reports likening the festival site to a disaster zone begun to flood social media, forcing the organizers to cancel the event.
Last night, Ja Rule issued another update confirming that “all guests are safe” and ticket holders are now in a position to apply for a refund.