Ja Rule and the Fyre Festival are facing a $100 million lawsuit after the "luxury" music festival in the Bahamas they charged up to $49,000 to attend was plagued by terrible housing arrangements, food issues, thieves and feral dogs.
Concertgoers reported an organizational mess that failed to live up to the marketing material. The "Private Luxury Villas" Fyre Festival had promised for housing ended up being USAID disaster-relief tents. Services like baggage handling and guest assistance, too, didn't meet guests' expectations.
@WNFIV: This is how Fyre Fest handles luggage. Just drop it out of a shipping container. At night. With no lights. #fyrefestival
And while Ja Rule and organizers issued an apology, it didn't satisfy people upset with the artist:
Shortly thereafter, a class-action lawsuit representing attendees was filed against Ja Rule, co-founder Billy McFarland and Fyre Media, the company that runs Fyre Festival. Geragos & Geragos, a firm that has represented high-profile clients such as Chris Brown and Michael Jackson, is handling the case.
@meiselasb We just filed Federal Class Action against Fyre Media for festival of horror. Refunding ticket price is not enough! @markgeragos
According to the lawsuit, Fyre Festival's conditions were dangerous, unsuitable and completely at odds with what was promised.
"The festival's 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 — that was closer to "The Hunger Games" or "Lord of the Flies" than Coachella," the suit, filed in a U.S. District Court in California, said.