Kendal Jenner has settled the Fyre Festival lawsuit and agreed to pay $90,000 for sharing misleading information when she promoted the event last year. It can be recalled that the 2017 Fyre Festival promoted a luxury weekend on an island in the Bahamas but those who bought tickets later learned that it was a scam.
Jenner and several other celebrities were sued by Gregory Messer in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in New York in August 2019. Messer is recovering funds for creditors that lost money investing in the festival.
He claimed that Kendall was paid $275,000 to post about the Fyre Festival on Instagram in early 2017. The Keeping Up With The Kardashian star earned an additional $25,000, days after posting on IG.
According to court filing, Jenner's post made her millions of followers believe that the festival would be filled with famous models in the festival at a private island. The event also promoted "first-class culinary experiences and a luxury atmosphere" for its attendees.
The court documents also indicated that the supermodel also suggested in a since-deleted Instagram post that her brother-in-law, Kanye West, would be the headliner of the festival. Kanye was never scheduled to perform at the festival.
Fyre Festival made headlines in April 2017, when attendees made complaints about it. They reportedly shelled out at least $1,595 for what they thought would be a fun weekend on the Bahamian island of Great Exuma. The organizers promised luxurious accommodations, extravagant meals, and performances and appearances from high-profile celebrities.
But it turned out to be a total chaos. The festival attendees were housed in tents instead of the deluxe housing and they were served with cheese sandwiches from the back of trucks as meals.
Many of the artists that were scheduled to perform or to appear in the event also pulled out due to serious organizational flaws. Festival goers also got stranded and forced to sleep in airport terminals while waiting to get home.
The Fyre Festival promoter Billy McFarland has been sentenced to six years in prison after pleading guilty to two counts of wire fraud for swindling over 80 investors out of a collective $26 million. He was also charged for two counts of bank fraud and falsifying a check by using the name and account number of one of his employees without their consent. McFarland recently requested an early release from prison because of fear of the COVID-19.