The fallout from the ill-fated Fyre Festival continues! Following the dueling documentaries on Netflix and Hulu, we’ve just learned that the models who took money to promote the festival are being investigated.
On Monday, a judge okayed subpoenas for Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid, Hailey Baldwin Bieber, and Emily Ratajkowski, among others. An ongoing court case alleges that Fyre mastermind Billy McFarland paid millions to the models’ management companies in exchange for the sun-soaked promotional videos they shared on social media.
The companies subpoenaed so far include IMG Models, which represents Hailey and Bella, and DNA Model Management, which reps Emily. Kendall Jenner Inc. also made the list. The models themselves won’t necessarily appear in court, as far as we know.
Messner is particularly interested in an alleged $250,000 payment made to Kendall for a social media post about festival headliners from Kanye’s record label. Kendall did not disclose the content was sponsored, which she is legally obligated to do. The post has since disappeared from Instagram, but neither the internet nor the court system ever forgets.
Soulja Boy, Waka Flocka Flame, and the talent agents for Blink 182 and Migos have also been subpoenaed regarding payments from the festival.
Immediately following the live-Tweeted disaster that was Fyre Festival, Bella Hadid tried to distance herself from it. She claimed that she had nothing to do with organizing or producing the festival and that she believed it would be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for the concertgoers.
Bella concluded: “I feel so sorry and badly because this is something I couldn’t stand by, although of course if I would have known about the outcome, you would have all known too.”
That post has since disappeared from Instagram.
Meanwhile, Ja Rule continues to insist that he was “hustled, scammed, bamboozled, hoodwinked, [and] lead astray” by festival Svengali McFarland. Props to Ja Rule for consulting the thesaurus! The rapper claims that he “would NEVER SCAM or FRAUD anyone.” You have to imagine that his lawyer wishes he’d stay off Twitter and the ‘Gram.
Gregory Messner, the trustee in charge of bankruptcy proceedings for Fyre, is attempting to figure out what happened to the $26 million investors contributed to the festival.
Billy McFarland was sentenced to prison in 2018 for wire fraud, bank fraud, and making false statements to federal law enforcement. Ouch. So far, his co-organizer Ja Rule and social media promotion company Jerry Media have yet to face any consequences for the disaster.