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$100M Fyre Festival lawsuit compares Ja Rule’s disastrous music event to ‘The Hunger Games’

May 2, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
$100M Fyre Festival lawsuit compares Ja Rule’s disastrous music event to ‘The Hunger Games’

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The horrendous Fyre Festival was worse than a scam — it turned into the real life “Hunger Games” in the Bahamas, according to a $100 million federal lawsuit that was recently filed.

A class-action lawsuit filed by outraged attendees accuses the festival’s organizers — including rapper Ja Rule — of enticing them to an island hellhole that offered false promises, little food, and no easy way to get home.

Ja Rule and co-organizer Billy McFarland purportedly knew the festival would be disastrous — and urged their famous friends not to go while leaving other attendees to fend for themselves.

“The festival’s lack of food, water, shelter and medical care created a dangerous and panicked situation among attendees — finding themselves stranded on an island without basic provisions — that was closer to ‘The Hunger Games’ or ‘Lord of the Flies’ than Coachella,” the suit filed in California on Sunday states.

The organizers’ “outrageous failure to prepare demonstrates that Fyre Festival was nothing but a get-rich-quick scam from the beginning.” The supposedly luxurious music festival was advertised as a high-end getaway, filled with “world class” cuisine and villas, all on an island that was once said to belong to drug lord Pablo Escobar.

However, the festival went down in flames on Friday before it even started, with attendees taking to social media to rage about the horrible treatment.

“Thousands” of patrons who spent between $1,200 and $100,000 for tickets ended up in shabby tents and were forced to eat small servings of bread and cheese.

The suit indicates that Ja Rule — whose real name is Jeffrey Atkins — and McFarland publicly lied about every element of the festival, despite the fact that they spent months promoting it, the New York Daily News reported.

The two personally spoke to celebrities in advance and urged them not to attend because it would be “outrageously unequipped and potentially dangerous for anyone in attendance,” according to the lawsuit.


No warning was given to fans, who were stranded on a desert island for hours — “a situation tantamount to false imprisonment,” court documents state.

The promoters promised transportation for attendees, but they were tricked into getting stuck there.

The suit accuses Ja Rule and McFarland of fraud and breach of contract. It demands a jury trial and that over $100 million in damages be paid to those suing.

Thus far, the festival’s organizers have only offered outraged attendees refunds and VIP tickets for next year, with promises that it will be better in 2018.

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