More Really Bad News For Ja Rule And The Fyre Festival
by Mike Winslow
(AllHipHop News) Rapper Ja Rule and his fellow Fyre Festival bosses have been slapped with their third lawsuit this week, following their disastrous canceled event in the Bahamas.
The “Always On Time” hitmaker teamed up with technology entrepreneur Billy McFarland to launch the inaugural luxury bash, which was set to take place over two weekends, starting on April 28.
However, they failed to properly set up the site on the Great Exuma island, and ticket holders, who had paid thousands to attend concerts by musicians including Major Lazer, Tyga, and Pusha T, were forced to stay in disaster relief tents instead of the plush villas they had been promised.
The festival was axed on the morning of its planned launch day, and after all attendees were safely flown home, the first class action lawsuit was filed by celebrity attorney Mark Geragos, demanding $100 million for fraud and breach of contract.
A second similar suit was lodged in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Tuesday (May 2) by personal injury lawyer John Girardi, on behalf of his three clients, while a third has now been filed in New York City.
According to documents obtained by Pitchfork.com, ticket holders Matthew Herlihy and Anthony Lauriello are demanding a jury trial against Ja Rule, McFarland, and two other officials, accusing them of “false representations, material omissions, and negligence regarding the ‘Fyre Festival’ and their failure to organize, prepare, and provide attendees with the experience that the Defendants marketed as being a luxurious private-island getaway”.
They are seeking unspecified damages for themselves as well as other attendees for “negligence, fraud, and violations of consumer protection statutes”.
The Fyre Festival founders have yet to comment on the latest legal action.
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