Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid and more facing legal action for Fyre Festival

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So many big names

In case you missed it, Netflix and Hulu have just released documentaries on the failed 2017 ‘Fyre Festival’. 

Organised by ‘entrepreneur’ Billy McFarland, the festival was basically a concoction of B.S mixed with straight up fraud. 

Fyre Festival was marketed as a an “immersive party experience” set over “two transformative weekends” on a private island in the Bahamas which Pablo Escobar used to live on. 

But instead of luxury living and A-grade meals, festival-goers were greeted with disaster relief tents, plastic mattresses and packaged sandwiches with a side of soggy lettuce. 

McFarland is serving six years in prison for pleading guilty to multiple counts of fraud but the saga doesn’t end there. 

A list of popular models, including Bella Hadid, Emily Ratajkowski, Hailey Bieber, Elsa Hosk, and Alessandra Ambrosio, are facing potential legal action for their involvement in the promotion of the festival. 

The official 2017 promo video for Fyre Festival shows the models running Baywatch style on the beach, sipping on cocktails and boarding luxe yatchs: 

A far cry away from the muddy, crowded reality people were greeted with. 

A bankruptcy court is trying to piece together what happened to the $26 million (USD) that was pumped into the event by investors. 

According to Billboard, the trustee overseeing the case, Gregory Messer, is intending to serve the models and influencers involved in the promo with subpoenas (a legal document that summons a person to court). 

The aim is to determine how much the models were paid for their involvement in Fyre Festival. 

And there were some serious $$$ spilled. 

According to Gregory, IMG Models – the agency that represents Bella, Hailey and Elsa – received $1.2 million (USD) worth of transactions between November 2016 and February 2017.

There’s no confirmation on whether the subpoenas have been confirmed. 

To be continued… 

Images: Instagram / Rose Bertram. 


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