According to Fox News, Kendall Jenner has settled a lawsuit that was filed against her for her role in the failed Fyre festival scheme that concluded with millions reported in losses, a local government burdened with useless festival infrastructure, and the man behind it all put in jail.
The supermodel will pay $90,000 to the fund being collected to repay some of those that suffered losses from the fallout of the disaster.
Gregor Messer is representing creditors that believe that Kendall Jenner is partially responsible for the misplaced faith in the festival’s co-founder William McFarland. Jenner was accused of disguising a paid promotion as genuine support for the festival. Investors and would-be festival attendees felt tricked by this use of her credibility and hints at a Kanye West performance now that the complex fraud has been exposed.
Jenner was not the only celebrity to be caught up in the scandal and were sued as a result. McFarland used several marketing schemes to generate a buzz for his Fyre Festival. However, there was never a payoff for the anticipation because he did not deliver on many of his promises.
Lil Yachty and Blink-182 also participated in the promotional schemes to spread awareness of the festival. Money continued to flow in for months as McFarland used celebrities to promote his festival and sell tickets while he made little to no preparations for actually being able to pull of the festival successfully.
McFarland was sentenced in 2018 to six years in prison for crimes involving wire fraud.
Fox News continued their coverage of the lawsuits emerging from NYC in connection to the festival.
According to WWD, citing court docs, Jenner was paid over a quarter-million dollars for the Instagram post promoting the Fyre Festival, and the post didn’t specify whether it was a sponsored post or not. Documents further alleged that Jenner’s caption in the post alluded to the notion that Kanye West would also be performing at the festival co-founded by William “Billy” McFarland.
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Furthermore, the lawsuit alleged that DNA Model Management LLC — which represents Ratajkowski — was handed a fee just shy of $300,000 by Fyre Media while International Creative Management LLC — the agency behind Yachty and Rae Sremmurd — was said to have been paid $350,000 for the acts to grace the stage.
Additionally, Nue Agency LLC was allegedly given $730,000 by Fyre Media for performances by Pusha T and rappers Desiigner and Tyga, and Blink-182 was also booked to perform with $500,000 given by Fyre Media to Creative Artists Agency, according to court documents.
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McFarland, 28, is currently serving a six-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to wire fraud in 2018.
The Fyre Festival will go down as perhaps the worst-run festival in history. The famously failed music bash in the Bahamas went viral after Netflix and Hulu released respective documentaries about the saga.
McFarland was accused of defrauding investors of $26 million and over $100,000 in a fraudulent ticket-selling scheme for the event, which was advertised as a luxurious concert getaway experience thanks to promotional materials filled with celebrities and supermodels jumping on and off of yachts.
But the promised luxuries never came. Hundreds of fans who spent thousands of dollars on tickets and travel were left stranded for days.