Kendall Jenner has been forced to pay a large amount of money for helping to promote the disastrous Fyre Festival in 2017.
The supermodel has agreed to pay $136,000 for promoting the music festival in a since-deleted Instagram post, according to court documents filed in the US on Wednesday.
Jenner, 24, was sued in August 2019 in the US Bankruptcy Court in New York by Gregory Messer, who is recovering funds for creditors that lost money investing in the festival.
Messer claimed Jenner was allegedly paid $418,000 to post about the event on Instagram, making her millions of followers believe it “would be filled with famous models on an exotic private island with ‘first-class culinary experiences and a luxury atmosphere’”.
The Fyre Festival, thrown by rapper Ja Rule and Billy McFarland in the Bahamas, was called off due to a lack of accommodation, food, security, cancelled flights, performances, and organisation.
Guests who arrived before it was cancelled were trapped at the event — which was described online as “the Hunger Games but with less luxury” — and were desperately trying to get back home.
“Everybody who was organising the festival took off,” a source told The New York Post. “They abandoned it. They put up a sh***y stage, took millions of dollars, and then left everybody stranded. It was like a scene out of that movie Exodus. There were people with bags, not knowing what to do.”
The lawsuit states Jenner “did not indicate to the public that she was paid to promote the Festival.
The court documents claimed Jenner suggested in the post’s caption that her brother-in-law, Kanye West, would be performing at the festival.
“Further, Jenner’s reference to her ‘G.O.O.D. Music Family’ as ‘headliners’ at the Festival, intentionally led certain members of the public and ticket purchasers to believe that Jenner’s brother in law, famous musician and GOOD Music record label founder Kanye West, may be or would be performing at the Festival,” the lawsuit stated.
“In fact, Mr. West was never going to perform at the Festival. This conduct demonstrates a clear lack of good faith on Jenner’s part.”
Infamous Fyre Festival promoter Billy McFarland, was sentenced to six years in jail for the botched event in the Bahamas. He recently requested an early release from prison, citing fears of the COVID-19.
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