Ja Rule denies liability regarding Fyre Festival, counters $100M lawsuit
Yup, still a mess.
Fyre Festival, the disaster of a “luxury event” that resulted in all sorts of headlines, memes and overall chaos when the outcome turned out to be the literal opposite of what was advertised, isn’t finished just yet.
Following the festival being “closer to ‘The Hunger Games’ or ‘Lord of the Flies’ than Coachella,” as the class-action lawsuit best described, Ja Rule quickly worked to separate himself from an affair that he had been promoting for months.
According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Ja Rule is maintaining the same energy now that the aftermath of the situation is over a year removed.
As reported by Digital Music News, the veteran rapper is claiming that the festival attendees pursuing legal action are only targeting him because he “is the only person associated with the event who has any money.”
As such, he is countering that attendees have no legal grounds to sue him directly, filing a motion that he should be removed from the ongoing $100M lawsuit. On top of that, Ja Rule claims that the festival-goers’ allegations of emotional trauma is “non-actionable puffery.”
While the rapper previously partnered with then-25-year-old Billy McFarland to put on the destination festival on a remote island in the Bahamas last year, he is now claiming that he only promoted the event on social media twice (the New York Times points out he deleted a number of posts), only held a “high-level, non-operational role,” and therefore should not be liable for any of the alleged damages.
Back in March of this year, McFarland pleaded guilty to two counts of wire fraud and is currently awaiting sentencing.
More on this story as it develops.