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New Fyre Festival lawsuit claims organizers were selling VIP passes even after the festival was canceled

Ja Rule, in happier, less lawsuit-filled times. (Photo: Scott Dudelson/Getty Images)

Ja Rule’s Fyre Festival continues to be the hot new lawsuit destination of the season; the island event—which managed to strand a bunch of hard-partying Blink-182 fans in a Caribbean tent city, where pre-loaded wristbands were no longer respected as currency, and survival of the fleekest was thoroughly in place—has now been sued at least six times to date. Now, a new lawsuit is targeting Ja Rule and his co-organizer, Billy McFarland, claiming that the two continued to sell tickets, VIP passes, and more to the festival goers even after they’d warned artists that the event wasn’t going to happen

This is per Pitchfork, which reports that Sean Daly and Edward Ivey are suing the festival for “unjust enrichment and violation of New York state business law,” purporting that performers like Migos and Major Lazer were informed that the festival was canceled before its start date, while regular attendees went uninformed as they hopped on planes to their island gulag. The legal complaint also gives a wonderfully clear view of what people were hoping to get out of their Fyre Fest trip, noting that Ja Rule and his company promised that not only would it take place on a private island, full of celebrities, but that the private island had once been owned by notorious drug kingpin Pablo Escobar. “All of the representations,” the claim concludes, ”Proved to be completely false.”


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