The saga of the Fyre Festival continues, but it’s going to do so without Ja Rule.
The rapper, whose real name is Jeffrey Atkins, had been named as a defendant in a $100 million class action lawsuit brought by attendees. He had invested in and promoted the poorly-planned, epically bad 2017 event on social media.
However, he was dropped from the lawsuit earlier this month, according to multiple reports.
Judge P. Kevin Castel first cleared Rule in July, but lawyers on the other side wanted him to remain part of the lawsuit. They noted a tweet from him and evidence featured in the two Fyre Festival documentaries, Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened and Fyre Fraud.
However, Billboard, which obtained the judge’s order in the matter, reports that he didn’t find evidence that anyone bought tickets to the event because of the artist’s promotion.
Rule’s lawyer, Ryan Hayden Smith, called the judge’s decision “nothing short of a total vindication of Mr. Atkins.”
Grant Margoli, who was Fyre’s chief marketing officer, was dismissed from the lawsuit at the same time, the music magazine reported.
@jarule has been cleared of wrongdoing in a major lawsuit that arose from the ill-fated #FyreFest. The notorious 2017 event saw the rapper teaming up with Billy McFarland to create a luxurious fest in the Bahamas where tickets ranged from btn $4-12k. https://t.co/fAdr8LDTCu
— Vic Falls Party Bus | #VFPB2019 (@mcafrikazim) November 19, 2019
The lawsuit is ongoing, and festival co-founder Billy McFarland remains a part of it. McFarland is currently serving a six-year prison sentence for his role in the disaster.
And, as the documentaries asserted, it was definitely that. Ticket holders who’d been promised a luxurious, VIP-level event arrived at the locale to find tents instead of villas, and cheese sandwiches rather than gourmet eats. The attendees were basically stranded on a private island, with little food and some portable toilets.
Despite the way that Fyre Festival turned out, Rule said last month that he wants another shot at throwing such an event.
“Here’s the thing: I want to do it the right way with the right partners,” he told Andy Cohen on Watch What Happens Live. “Here’s what I happen to know. I have the biggest festival in the world even though it never happened.”
To which Cohen said, “I mean, it’s like calling a ship the Titanic.”
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