Or­gan­is­ers of aborted con­cert sued for RM440m

New Straits Times - - World -

LOS AN­GE­LES: Or­gan­is­ers of a mu­sic fes­ti­val in The Ba­hamas that was billed as a lux­ury get­away but col­lapsed in chaos have been hit with a US$100 mil­lion (RM440 mil­lion) suit al­leg­ing fraud.

The Fyre Fes­ti­val was aborted on Fri­day af­ter hun­dreds of par­ty­go­ers — with some pay­ing more than US$100,000 per per­son — ar­rived only to find re­lief-camp style tents and rudi­men­tary sand­wiches rather than the promised lav­ish ex­pe­ri­ence.

“The fes­ti­val’s lack of ad­e­quate food, wa­ter, shel­ter and med­i­cal care cre­ated a dan­ger­ous and pan­icked sit­u­a­tion among at­ten­dees... that was closer to The Hunger Games or Lord of the Flies than Coachella,” reads the suit filed here on be­half of Daniel Jung.

The fes­ti­val, led by rap­per Ja Rule and tech en­tre­pre­neur Billy McFar­land, was billed as “the cul­tural ex­pe­ri­ence of the decade”.

Or­gan­is­ers apol­o­gised over the week­end, an­nounc­ing that all fes­ti­val-go­ers would be re­funded. But Jung’s at­tor­ney, Ben Meise­las of celebrity law firm Ger­a­gos and Ger­a­gos, said a sim­ple re­fund was “not enough”.

The gov­ern­ment of The Ba­hamas, a coun­try of more than 700 is­lands and cays where tourism is the largest in­dus­try, also apol­o­gised and as­sisted in evac­u­a­tions, but stressed it was not in­volved in the event.

Ja Rule tweeted an apol­ogy on Fri­day, say­ing he was “heart­bro­ken”, while in­sist­ing that the de­ba­cle was “not my fault”.

Fash­ion model Bella Ha­did, who had helped pro­mote the fes­ti­val, was in no mood to take any blame ei­ther, tweet­ing on Satur­day that it was “not my project what­so­ever”. AFP

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