Well that was fast. Just days after reports surfaced from the now-infamous Fyre Festival in the Bahamas comes a report that organizers have been hit with a proposed class-action lawsuit worth $100 million, according to ABC News. The lawsuit accuses event organizers of fraud, noting that a "lack of adequate food, water, shelter, and medical care created a dangerous and panicked situation among attendees—suddenly finding themselves stranded on a remote island without basic provisions."
The lawsuit was filed by Daniel Jung on behalf of himself and all the attendees. He is being represented by celebrity attorney Mark Geragos. Jung alleges that the super-luxe event was actually more “The Hunger Games or Lord of the Flies than Coachella.” The lawsuit further alleges that the event, created by rapper Ja Rule and tech entrepreneur Billy McFarland, "was nothing more than a get-rich-quick scam from the very beginning" and that they "intended to fleece attendees for hundreds of millions of dollars by inducing them to fly to a remote island without food, shelter or water—and without regard to what might happen to them after that.”
ABC News reports that attendees were stranded on Fyre Cay over the weekend when the event was placed on lock down because reportedly organizers didn't pay customs duty taxes on the imported items brought to the private island for the event.
On Saturday, event organizers released a statement on the event's website, that reads in part: "Yesterday was a very challenging day for all of us. But we would like to fully explain what happened. [Billy and Ja Rule] simply weren’t ready for what happened next, or how big this thing would get. They started by making a website and launching a viral campaign. Ja helped book talent, and they had hundreds of local Bahamians join in the effort. Suddenly, they found themselves transforming a small island and trying to build a festival. Thousands of people wanted to come. They were excited, but then the roadblocks started popping up."
It continues, "As amazing as the islands are, the infrastructure for a festival of this magnitude needed to be built from the ground up. So, we decided to literally attempt to build a city. We set up water and waste management, brought an ambulance from New York, and chartered 737 planes to shuttle our guests via 12 flights a day from Miami. We thought we were ready, but then everyone arrived."
The statement concludes, "We’re grateful for the Bahamian Government and The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism for their assistance during this challenging time—their efforts have been exemplary. We want to thank the people of the Bahamas for their support and for graciously allowing us the privilege of visiting their islands. We apologize for any inconvenience the past 24-hours has caused and we look forward to making a considerable donation to the Bahamas Red Cross Society as part of our initiatives. We need to make this right. And once we make this right, then we will put on the dream festival we sought to have since the inception of Fyre. Thank you for all your continued patience and understanding. We apologize for what all of our guests and staff went through over the last 24 hours and will work tirelessly to make this right."
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