Supermodels, including Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid, Elsa Hosk and Emily Ratajkowski, are potentially one step closer to meeting the demands of paying back considerable payments they have received for helping to promote the ill-fated Fyre Festival.
On Monday, a New York bankruptcy judge approved subpoenas lodged by the bankruptcy administrator of the Bahamas music festival, which collapsed amid chaos and strife before even starting in April, prompting "information about the [Fyre Media’s] financial affairs of third parties ".
This is likely to include Jenner, who, as the leading fashion contributor, paid $ 250,000 for a single Instagram post announcing the launch of tickets and offering her followers a discount code, and IMG Models and DNA Model Management. representing many of the approximately 25 models that were paid to star in a promotional video for what was billed as an exclusive weekend event featuring gourmet food, luxury accommodations and world-class shows.
Festival goers, who paid between $ 1,000 and $ 12,500 for a ticket, found little entertainment or supermodel jokes for company on Exumas Island, which allegedly belonged to the owner of Colombian cocaine Pablo Escobar.
As two documentaries released this month have graphically, and sometimes hilariously portrayed, the festival accommodations were rainforest tents drenched in rain and food little more than somber-looking cheese sandwiches. To make matters worse, festival goers had no way of getting home.
In the fall, festival organizer Billy McFarland pleaded guilty to fraud allegations related to the festival and in July pleaded guilty to several counts of fraud stemming from a separate sale of tickets and sentenced to six years in federal prison .
A separate civil suit, which honors McFarland and rapper Ja Rule, whose real name is Jeffrey Atkins, brought in by frequenters Matthew Herlihy and Anthony Lauriello, claims that the two men "consciously attracted the participants with false and fraudulent pretexts in which the festival could not compare. " .
They claim that the event bears no resemblance to the event evoked by Fyre's "brilliant" marketing and was an "unplanned, disorganized and disaster-hit area" that organizers continued to promote until the day some of the expected 7,000 participants started to arrive. island.
But any effort to recover money from the women who signed up to promote the event could be hampered. Despite a repression in 2017 by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) that warned celebrities and influencers must be clear about when their posts were paid, they can not be held responsible for the product or event itself.
Manhattan lawyer Geoffrey Berman issued a statement saying investors and clients lost about $ 26 million in the coup.
At this week's hearing, Gregory Messer, the bankruptcy administrator for Fyre Media, said that the task of undoing exactly what went wrong was "challenging," considering the lack of basic disclosures, bankruptcy schedules, and a statement of financial matters. Fyre Media. organizers.
According to the Women's Wear Daily, payments worth more than $ 5.2 million were paid to multiple recipients, including $ 1.2 million for IMG models and $ 275,000 for Jenner.
Of the 24 people in question, Fyre Media paid each not less than $ 90,000. Messer said recipients are needed to question "to get a full understanding of the reasons for such transfers."
But while the supermodels were warned away from the event when they began to collapse, some rushed to apologize – and establish that they had nothing to do with failure.
Bella Hadid shared on Twitter, "although this was not my project, then she" initially believed it would be an incredible and memorable experience for all of us. "
She continued "not knowing the disaster that was to come … I feel very sorry and bad because this is something I could not tolerate, although of course, if I knew about the result, you would all know it too. back with their families and loved ones … xo. "