Ja Rule's Fyre Festival Hit With 7th Law Suit

Some lawyers are now calling the botched festival “merely a front for a massive financial fraud akin to a Ponzi scheme.”

By Eric Shorey

Ja Rule's disasterous Fyre Festival, which stranded affluent concert-goers in a bug infested post-apocalyptic wasteland after promising lavish luxuries, has already faced six lawsuits. The amount in damages and compensations being saught from the producers of the festival is already greater than $100 million. Just yesterday, reports of a seventh suit being taken out against the organizers of the event began appearing.

According to Pitchfork, the latest legal action is being taken up by Sean Daly and Edward Ivey. Amongst the claims of fraud, the two are saying that promoters continued to encourage attendees to put money towards special VIP wristbands long after it became clear that much of the party wouldn't actually be occurring. Similarly, performers were allegedly informed of the festival's cancellation far before paying customers were.

"When Defendants [McFarland, Ja Rule, and Fyre Media] became aware before the start of the festival that it would not actually happen, they notified the scheduled performers and certain festival employees not to fly out for the event," reads the suit. "However, Defendants did not notify Plaintiffs [Daly and Ivey] or the thousands of festival-goers who showed up at the event that it was canceled. Instead, Defendants were actively trying to sell upgraded VIP tickets to existing ticket holders."

The suit gets almost catty, later:

"40. Defendants represented, among other things, that (1) the Fyre Festival would take place on a private island; (2) the island was previously owned by infamous drug lord Pablo Escobar; (3) food and beverages would be provided, including VIP food packages and upgrades; (4) the living quarters would be fully furnished permanent structures; and (5) the event would be attended by celebrities, and that top-level musical talent would be performing.

41. All of the representations made by Defendants alleged in paragraph 40 proved to be completely false."

Specifically, Daly and ivey are accusing organizers of a breach of contract and negligent misrepresentation claims, along with complaints that also allege unjust enrichment and violation of New York state business law.

It's unclear how the festival's creators will defend themselves from the onslaught of accusations. A firm in another suit went as far as characterizing the entire kerfuffle as “merely a front for a massive financial fraud akin to a Ponzi scheme.”

[Photo: Getty Images]

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