The stranded Fyre Festival attendees have all returned home, but the fallout from the doomed event is just beginning. Earlier in the week, celebrity lawyer Mark Gergaos filed a $100 million lawsuit against festival co-founders Ja Rule and Billy McFarland. On Wednesday, a second class action suit was filed, this time by lawyer John Girardi, whose clients—Chelsea Chinery, Shannon McAuliffe, and Desiree Flores—are accusing the men of breach of contract, fraud, and negligent representation.
The events that unfolded in the Bahamas over the weekend have already been entered into the annals of internet lore. What was supposed to be a weekend of highly Instagrammable beachside revelry, devolved into highly instagrammable chaos. The luxury accommodations and gourmet meals that were promised were replaced with discarded disaster relief tents and tepid cheese sandwiches. The festival’s headliners all pulled out, and the social media influencers who helped promote the festival were nowhere to be found.
“As Plaintiffs began to grasp the dire nature of the situation, upon witnessing the complete lack of infrastructure necessary to host such an event, a panic enveloped the crowd,” Girardi wrote in the suit. “Plaintiffs were stuck on the island, with no way off.“
Now that everyone has returned home safely, festival organizers have turned their attention to refunding all those who spent thousands of dollars on tickets, and loaded digital wristbands with funds that meant to substitute cash on the island. “All guests who purchased tickets have been sent the appropriate form to start the refund procedure,” a member of Fyre Festival’s management team told Rolling Stone on Monday. “The Fyre Festival is a dream and vision that we regrettably did not see come to life how we’d imagined in 2017, but our main priority now is rectifying the situation and helping all affected guests.”
Along with defrauding fans, the complaint also accuses Ja Rule and McFarland of failing to warn ticket holders of the iimpending doom, despite knowing that they wouldn’t be able to pull it off up to a month before it started. The website Celebritynetworth.com currently lists the rapper’s total net worth at $8 million, so don’t be surprised if you see a Ja Rule reunion tour stop at your local mall in the not too distant future.