24-year-old Kendall Jenner pays a $ 90,000 settlement after she was charged with the Fyre Festival Instagram post
Kendall Jenner pays a $ 90,000 settlement after she was sued for her 2017 Instagram post promoting the infamous Fyre Festival.
A series of lawsuits have been filed against Jenner and other celebrities who have promoted the festival through a trustee in return for his investors.
Jenner, 24, has denied any liability in connection with the lawsuit, but a settlement was reached late last year after mediation with trustee Gregory Messer.
According to documents Filed Tuesday at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Manhattan, the model, who has 129 million Instagram followers, was paid $ 250,000 for her post promoting the controversial failed event.
24-year-old Kendall Jenner was charged with her Instagram post promoting Fyre Festival, the disastrous 2017 event that was the subject of both a Hulu and Netflix documentary. A $ 90k settlement was filed with a Manhattan court on Tuesday, but she’s denied any liability in connection with the lawsuit. It was submitted by a curator who receives a refund for the festival investors
Kendall Jenner will hand over a $ 90k settlement after being charged with this Instagram post promoting the controversial Fyre Festival. She was paid $ 275k for the now-deleted 2017 post
She was later paid another $ 25,000 by Fyre Media Inc., festival founder Billy McFarland’s company, for the now-deleted post.
The lawsuit accused Jenner of showing “ an obvious lack of good faith ” at the festival for not being able to demonstrate that she was receiving compensation for her Instagram post.
It said she also failed to ‘inform their fans and followers that they eventually decided not to attend the festival due to issues with the festival that they and their agencies knew about.’
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Emily Ratajkowski, Blink-182 and Migos were among the other models and musicians indicted in the series of lawsuits filed in August 2019.
They aim to raise as much money as possible for investors from the disastrous Fyre Festival, which was marketed as a luxury music festival in the Bahamas.
Founder McFarland is said to have raised $ 26 million invested in a viral social media campaign.
The Wall Street Journal reported that the trustee is looking for hundreds of thousands of dollars paid to the various musical acts and models scheduled to appear during the April 2017 festival.
The intended headline act, Blink-182, is being sued for proceeds of $ 500,000.
Model Emily Ratajowski has been named in lawsuits filed in August 2019 by the Fyre Festival trustee who reclaim the money they paid to promote the festival
The trustee has also filed lawsuits asking for a refund of the money paid to artists, including Blink-182 (drummer Travis Barker pictured left) and Migos (member Offset pictured right)
Jenner was initially asked to return the $ 275,000 she received before Tuesday’s settlement was announced.
Ratajkowski, meanwhile, is being sued for the $ 300,000 she received for her Instagram post.
Multiple lawsuits have also been filed against the talent agencies representing other music acts scheduled to appear at the festival Variety.
They were paid hundreds of thousands of dollars, which were then supposedly distributed to the artists who would appear on stage.
The lawsuits claim that the money transferred to the music acts and celebrities must be repaid because the money was all part of Fyre Festival organizer McFarland’s plan to scam festival investors.
McFarland pleaded guilty to fraud in March 2018 and is currently in prison for six years.
Rapper Ja Rule (left) and Fyre Festival founder McFarland (right) can be seen here in a behind-the-scenes photo of the Netflix documentary Fyre. They promoted the festival, but it quickly became a disaster and was the subject of two documentaries on Hulu and Netflix
The festival was actually a disaster, as festivalgoers discovered when they arrived on the island
He has also been ordered by the court to repay more than $ 26 million in restitution.
The festival would take place over two weekends on an island in the Bahamas and has been touted as ‘the cultural experience of the decade’.
The Fyre festival was promoted by McFarland and rapper Ja Rule, but went horribly wrong because the island itself didn’t have the infrastructure to support the revelers, who were stranded with nowhere to sleep and hardly anything to eat.
The buzz around the festival immediately fell apart when attendees turned up and posted photos on Twitter of bad food and unfinished festival grounds.
It was the subject of two documentaries on Hulu and Netflix, which premiered in January 2019.
Jenner was sued for her part in the slick ad campaign, making the festival an instant viral hit before it even started.
She has previously said that she learned from the Fyre Festival experience.
“You get approached by people, whether it’s promotion or help or whatever, and you never know how these things will turn out, sometimes it’s a risk,” she told the New York Times.
“I definitely do as much research as I can, but sometimes there’s not a lot of research you can do because it’s a starting brand and you have to believe a little bit in it and hope it will work out the way people say it will. ‘