“When you’re paying [thousands] you just expect something better than a Styrofoam plate dinner.”. The pair are the first attendees of the event to obtain a judgement against coproducer Billy McFarland, who has pleaded guilty to two counts of wire fraud and is currently in jail.

The event was scheduled to take place in April and May 2017, but was aborted after attendees had arrived due to problems with security, food, logistics, understaffing, accommodations, and talent relations.

They could end up owning their own islands instead, after a North Carolina judge granted them $5 million in damages stemming from the event. Britney Spears Loses Bid to Remove Father From Conservatorship, How Clea DuVall's Lesbian Christmas Movie Radicalizes a Conventional Genre, Amy Adams and Glenn Close’s Oscar Chances Try to Stand Above ‘Hillbilly Elegy’, Josephine Skriver, Alexander DeLeon Snag Chic L.A. Midcentury Modern, Future, Lil Uzi Vert Drop ‘Pluto x Baby Pluto’ LP and ‘That’s It’ Video, High Style Meets Hi-Fi With the Limited-Edition Oliver Peoples x Master & Dynamic Collection, Ivy League First to Cancel Winter Sports, Including Basketball, Skip the Doctor’s Office and Soothe Sore Spots With Fast-Acting Pain Relief Cream. William N. Finley IV/Twitter. We’re doing fine out here.”. In late 2016, along with rapper Ja Rule, McFarland co-founded the Fyre Festival, a luxury music festival intended to promote the Fyre app. Stay up to date on the latest vote tallies as compiled by The Associated Press' nationwide team, Princess Diana died when Harry was just 12 years old, 'Dance Monkey' Star Tones and I Releases New Song 'Fly Away' About 'Chasing Your Dreams', Vera Wang Reacts to Her Sports Bra Photo Going Viral: 'I Was Totally Shocked', Jerrod Niemann Says He's 'Finally in a Good Spot' Nearly Two Years After Divorce from Ex Morgan, The Sweetest Photos of Princes Harry with Diana, First-Time Voters Across the Country Share Why the 2020 Election Matters to Them. Crossno said that while he’s happy about the verdict, he’s even happier that he can now comment publicly on the festival after rising to Twitter fame while livetweeting the event. A North Carolina judge awarded the judgement against promoter Billy McFarland, including millions in punitive damages. Read more: Burning Man warns Fyre Festival attendees about fake ticket scam.

Two Fyre Festival attendees just won $5 million for their trauma. Exclusive island once owned by Pablo Escobar! In the lawsuit, Crossno and Thompson say they spent about $13,000 on luxury VIP packages for the festival.

Fyre Festival Attendees Want Exec Back In $100M Suit.

Those were just some of the selling points for Fyre Festival, a … ... All the attendees had iPhones, laptops, cameras, etc, and the workers were eyeballing all these kids laying around.

Music acts Designer, Tyga, and Pusha T. “It was going to be a luxurious getaway,” Caccamesi says.

I'm a 35 y/o Fyre Festival attendee AMA. “We asked the court to send a message to those who defraud North Carolina consumers, and we believe he did.”. Blogger Seth Crossno and co-plaintiff Mark Thompson, who both live in Raleigh, North Carolina, filed the 47-page lawsuit against McFarland in May 2017. Miller said the $1.5 million figure, which was determined during the trial, included specific items like hotels and flights and more nebulous damages like mental anguish, pain, and suffering.

McFarland, who is in jail and was not represented in the civil case, could not be reached for comment. A North Carolina judge awarded the judgement against promoter Billy McFarland, including millions in punitive damages.

Crossno achieved a certain measure of fame by live-tweeting the festival as it unraveled under the alias William Needham Finley IV. Blink 182 pulled out of the event Thursday afternoon, and festival organizers postponed the entire event indefinitely.
“Some people passed out because it was so hot. Courtesy Brett Linkletter, Credit: Above: P hotograph of lunch provided for attendees of Fyre Festival. “We asked the court to send a message to those who defraud North Carolina consumers, and we believe he did.”, Read more: Exclusive documents reveal Fyre Festival’s “shitshow” ticket scheme. “There were air mattresses, boxes and shipping containers of stuff everywhere. He has a podcast called “Dumpster Fyre” in the works, and recently applied for the Fyre trademark, which had expired. “We worked with [him] and his attorney and amicably decided to move on to other business matters,” Crossno told Vice. Text us for exclusive photos and videos, royal news, and way more. He is scheduled to be sentenced on his original charges next month.

Read more: Fyre Fest’s founder is going to prison but the spirit of his scam lives on. Coyote Ugly Turns 20: Where Is the Cast Now? Far from the five-star treatment promised by its producers — McFarland and rapper Ja Rule — concertgoers were met with flimsy tents, boxed lunches, near-total disorganization and long waits for flights to return to the mainland. Hellish Inside Accounts from Stranded Fyre Festival Attendees: 'I Still Don't Know How We Got Off the Island' this link is to an external site that may or may not meet accessibility guidelines. In the lawsuit, Crossno and Thompson say they spent about $13,000 on luxury VIP packages for the festival that purported to include exclusive artist passes and a “residence consisting of four rooms and a living area,” located on a private island. The reward was first reported by Vice. Ja Rule was initially named in the suit but removed as a defendant after a separate agreement.

Blink-182! Two North Carolina men who attended last year’s disastrous Fyre Festival in the Bahamas were granted $5 million in damages stemming from the event. Basically, they oversold. Read Next: How a Registered Sex Offender Thrived in Hollywood, Megan Thee Stallion’s Debut Album, ‘Good News,’ Drops Nov. 20, Jeezy Re-Ups With Def Jam, Signs on as Consultant, Billie Eilish Drops New Song and Video, ‘Therefore I Am’, concertgoers were met with flimsy tents, boxed lunches, near-total disorganization and long waits, article he apparently wrote on the ITB Insider, 'The Masked Singer' Reveals the Identity of the Snow Owls: Here's the Duo Under the Masks, ‘Wonder Woman 1984’: Warner Bros. Mulls January HBO Max Release or Delay to Summer 2021, ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Season 17 Premiere Reveals a Surprise Appearance, John Mulaney Joins Seth Meyers’ ‘Late Night’ as Staff Writer, T-Mobile Faces Having to Revise TVision Bundles After Programmers Cry Foul, MTV and Nick Cannon Inch Closer to ‘Wild ‘N Out’ Revival, New Sci-Fi Film 'Gods of Mars' Becomes First Feature to Fully Embrace Virtual Production, 'Emily in Paris' Renewed for Season 2 at Netflix, How a Registered Sex Offender Thrived in Hollywood.

It totally clashed and conflicted with this culinary luxury experience and all these things that they advertised,” Finley, 32, says.

Got back in Miami @ 11:30pm Friday night. “We feel confident about collecting,” Miller said. Whatever it is, he feels confident his clients will prevail over the dozen-odd class action and investor suits currently pending across the country against McFarland and Fyre Media. It was trouble in paradise for festival goers at Ja Rule’s Fyre Festival. “If you walked on that island right now, you would say, ‘This concert is in about a month,'” attendee William Finley tells PEOPLE.

(AP Photo/Mark Lennihan).

McFarland is due to be sentenced next month on two counts of wire fraud, but his legal problems won’t end there. Cover image: Billy McFarland, the promoter of the failed Fyre Festival in the Bahamas, leaves federal court after pleading guilty to wire fraud charges, Tuesday, March 6, 2018, in New York.

According to Crossno’s lawyer, Stacy Miller, each plaintiff was granted $1.5 million in compensatory damages plus an additional $1 million in punitive damages — far more than the $25,000 minimum they asked for in their initial filing, which Miller said is the typical amount used to trigger a lawsuit in North Carolina. I still don’t know how we got off the island,” he shares.

Caccamesi has been told he will be refunded, and says that he has had no problems with theft as some fellow attendees have reported. Blogger Seth Crossno and co-plaintiff Mark Thompson filed their lawsuit against McFarland in May 2017. As a result of this failure, the festival became a joke among many prominent influencers, and the organizers are now facing over a $100 million lawsuit from dissatisfied festival attendees. Read more: Fyre Fest attendees are worried they're getting scammed again. When Finley and his friends arrived at the festival, they found what looked like “disaster relief” tents set up for living accommodations, a shipping container holding their bags and picnic tables to serve as a food court. “We were just being operated by Instagram models and being told this was going to be an epic weekend.”. “They literally locked us in with a chain because people kept going in and out,” he explains. The inaugural concert weekend ended up in chaos for festivalgoers.

Miller said the included items like hotels and flights as well as damages like mental anguish, pain, and suffering. By Ryan Boysen. “There was no real order to what was going on and where people were going to be staying,” he shares. On the plane, they didn’t even make people put on their seat belts.

Variety and the Flying V logos are trademarks of Variety Media, LLC. But Miller pointed to a recent motion filed by federal prosecutors in McFarland’s criminal case suggesting he may still have some funds stocked away, including at least $50,000 in cash and a $40,000-per-month income from “freelance work” that he allegedly reported to his probation officer.

I was posting pics and status updates on Wednesday morning, but got sea water in my phone because of a shitty waterproof case. We have to stay mum on our strategy.”, Read more: Someone's trying to scam Fyre Fest attendees with Taylor Swift meet-and-greets. The scene awaiting Fyre Festival attendees at the airport in Miami. He may have to be happy with that for now — it’s not entirely clear whether McFarland, who, over the last year has been dropped by a series of attorneys and crisis management groups for nonpayment, has that much money available. You'll get the latest updates on this topic in your browser notifications.

“We feel very satisfied,” Miller said. this link is to an external site that may or may not meet accessibility guidelines.
He is also, according to an article he apparently wrote on the ITB Insider, now the owner of the Fyre Festival trademark.

The festival was billed to be the next Coachella, and the lineup included performances by Blink 182, Rae Sremmurd, Skepta to G.O.O.D. They are the first victims of the festival to obtain a judgement against McFarland, who is currently in jail.

According to the suit, the men felt uncomfortable with the chaotic situation and left for the airport when they noticed a Bahamian native “walking around and near the site with a machine gun.” They were locked in the airport overnight before leaving the next morning on a 9:30 a.m. flight.

“Truly, if we’re being honest, the whole experience has been pretty crazy so far,” he shares. Last month, McFarland was also charged with running a fraudulent ticket-selling scam while he was out on bail and faces new charges.

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