Fyre Festival: Ja Rule cleared over wrongdoing

Two years after the failed event, attendees are pursuing organisers for compensation


JA RULE has been cleared over wrongdoing in relation with the failed Fyre Festival.

The rapper, whose real name is Jeffrey Atkins, was dismissed from the $100 million (£77 million) class-action lawsuit on Monday. 

“This ruling is nothing short of a total vindication of Mr Atkins,” Ja Rule’s lawyer Ryan Hayden Smith told AllHipHop.com.

Ja Rule co-founded the festival alongside Billy McFarland in 2017.

Claimants had alleged that Ja Rule was aware that the festival was going to be a flop.

Fyre Festival had promised to be a luxury event on the island of Great Exuma, The Bahamas, but instead guests festival-goers were met with substandard accommodation in the form of disaster relief tents and basic catering including simple cheese sandwiches.

Acts on the lineup included Blink 182, Pusha T and Tyga but all of the acts pulled out of the event.

The Livin’ It Up rapper had promoted the festival on his social media accounts, as did reality star and model Kendall Jenner, and models Bella Hadid and Hailey Baldwin.

Dismissing Ja Rule from the suit, judge P Kevin Castel said the plaintiffs were unable to prove that there was a direct link between the rapper’s promotional posts and their ticket sales, The Guardian reported.

The suit, filed by Fyre Festival ticket holders, also names McFarland, who is now in prison.

In 2018 McFarland, the CEO of Fyre Media, was found guilty of wire fraud and sentenced to six years in prison and ordered to pay a $25 million fine.

The festival failure was a huge talking point of 2017 and the subject of two documentaries – Fyre Fraud on Hulu, which McFarland received a fee to appear in, and Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened on Netflix.

Over 5,000 tickets, costing up to $100,000 (£75,000) were bought for the weekend event on the Caribbean island.

Local business owners on the island were also adversely affected by the festival with some losing out financially as a result of the chaos.

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