Emily Ratajkowski and Kendall Jenner are facing legal action over the fees they received to promote the disastrous Fyre Festival.
The top models had promoted the supposedly luxury music bash on Instagram, while punk trio Blink-182 were due to headline the event in 2017, though bailed out when it started to become clear it would be a disaster, with festivalgoers left stranded on the island of Great Exuma in the Bahamas with little in the way of shelter or food.
The trustee overseeing the event’s bankruptcy case filed a series of lawsuits on Wednesday seeking to claw back funds for investors in the event, and is wanting the return of fees paid to acts booked, including Blink, Lil Yachty, Migos, Rae Sremmurd, Migos, Pusha T, Desiigner, Skepta, and Tyga.
According to editors at Variety, they are also seeking the return of $500,000 (£410,000) paid to the All the Small Things hitmakers, with another lawsuit demanding Jenner return the $275,000 (£226,000) she received in exchange for doing a promotional social media post. In a third suit filed against Ratajkowski, they look to recoup the $300,000 (£246,000) she was paid for an Instagram post.
The suit alleges the payments were part of a scheme by the festival’s founder Billy McFarland to defraud investors, and therefore should be voided.
They also accuse Ratajkowski and Jenner of showing a “clear lack of good faith” because they did not disclose that they were paid to promote the festival, which was billed as a luxury event co-founded by Ja Rule and popular with social media influencers.
McFarland pleaded guilty to federal fraud charges in the U.S. last year and is serving a six-year prison term. He also owes $26 million (£21.3 million) as disgorgement for his fraud, estimated by the Securities and Exchange Commission to have cost victims $27.4 million (£22.5 million).
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