By Sheldon Pearce and Jazz Monroe.
Fyre Festival founders Ja Rule and Billy McFarland are the subjects of a $100 million lawsuit filed Sunday in California by celebrity lawyer Mark Geragos, Variety reports. Geragos is seeking class-action status for the suit, which anticipates “more than 150 plaintiffs.” The suit was filed on behalf of plaintiff Daniel Jung, who is seeking “$5 million in damages for alleged fraud, breach of contract, breach of covenant of good faith, and negligent misrepresentation,” according to Variety. Scheduled to take place in the Bahamas this past weekend, the luxury festival devolved into chaos and was soon postponed. The Bahama Ministry of Tourism issued a statement, Ja Rule apologized, and McFarland explained what went wrong, promising a make-up festival next year. The suit claims that the “festival’s lack of adequate food, water, shelter, and medical care created a dangerous and panicked situation among attendees,” who found themselves “stranded on a remote island without basic provisions.” It states that the situation “was closer to The Hunger Games or Lord of the Flies than Coachella.”
On Sunday, Ja Rule took to Twitter to issue an update on the situation. “Relieved to share that all guest are safe, and have been sent the form to apply for a refund,” he wrote. The Fyre Festival Twitter account added, “We’re heartbroken that we let down all the guests who put their faith in us. To our guests and staff—thank you again for your all patience as we navigate our next steps. We owe you an apology.”
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