(AllHipHop News) Jeffrey "Ja Rule" Atkins may still have to go to court for the disastrous Fyre Festival. Some ticket purchasers filed a class action lawsuit against the rapper for allegedly defrauding them about the canceled 2017 music event. Ja was accused of using social media to falsely promote the ill-fated fest.
The good news for Ja is the judge agreed with him that several of the allegedly fraudulent social media posts either could not be attributed to him, or don't constitute fraud. However, the judge did rule the case can go forward based on one of Ja's tweets. On April 27, 2017 -- the day before Fyre was supposed to begin -- he tweeted, "The stage is set!!! In less than 24 hours, the first annual Fyre Festival begins.
However, an article in the New York Daily News claims Manhattan federal court judge Kevin Castel ruled the plaintiffs did not prove Atkins and fellow defendant (Fyre Fest chief marketing officer Grant Margolin) purposely scammed festival-goers. Page Six reports Castel gave the plaintiffs a three-week window to re-file a fraud claim with new evidence.
The Fyre Festival reentered the zeitgeist earlier this year following the release of Hulu's Fyre Fraud and Netflix's Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened. Both documentaries covered the behind-the-scenes missteps and deception associated with the Bahamas-set "luxury" show.
Ja Rule was blasted on social media when the two films were released. The New York entertainer faced significant vitriol for being recorded saying, "That’s not fraud, that’s not fraud. False advertising, maybe." He later defended himself on Twitter.
Fyre co-founder Billy McFarland was convicted of defrauding investors out of $27.4 million. He was sentenced to six years in prison. There are several other lawsuits aimed at Ja Rule and McFarland that are at various stages of litigation.