Ja Rule is is still copping heat for Fyre Festival that got cancelled last week.
The event in the Bahamas was advertised as a luxurious extravaganza and featured sandy shores and a speed-boat-laced lagoon. The realty, however, was anything but.
Attendees who managed to get to the venue early were greeted by the sights of a half-built tent city and were fed cheese on bread.
— Trevor DeHaas (@trev4president) April 28, 2017
Some people paid more than $US100,000 for tickets and were promised to stay in villas or glamp in eco-friendly domes.
The rapper-turned-festival organizer held responsible for what unravelled has since released a statement apologizing for the disaster and claimed it was not a scam as some have labelled it.
— Ja Rule (@Ruleyork) April 28, 2017
Despite his attempt at smoothing things over, Ja Rule is still in the firing line and is now being sued along with co-founder Billy McFarland. Attorney Mark Geragos has filed a $100 million class-action lawsuit on behalf of attendee Daniel Jung against the pair.
“The festival’s lack of adequate food, water, shelter, and medical care created a dangerous and panicked situation among attendees – suddenly finding themselves stranded on a remote island without basic provisions – that was closer to ‘The Hunger Games’ or ‘Lord Of The Flies’ than Coachella,” the suit states.
“Festival-goers survived on bare rations, little more than bread and a slice of cheese, and tried to escape the elements in the only shelter provided by Defendants: small clusters of ‘FEMA tents,’ exposed on a sand bar, that were soaked and battered by wind and rain.”
“As a result of Defendants’ roadblocks to escape, at least one attendee suffered a medical emergency and lost consciousness after being locked into a nearby building with other concertgoers waiting to be airlifted from the island,” the suit alleges.
Fyre festival’s website has said organizers were “overwhelmed” by the crowd and infrastructure and logistical challenges. All festivalgoers were promised refunds.
“We need to make this right,” the site said. “And once we make this right, then we will put on the dream festival we sought to have since the inception of Fyre.”