Even though Fyre Media founder Billy McFarland is currently in federal prison serving a six-year sentence, new allegations from the Fyre Festival keep coming up.
Now, big-name models, such as Kendell Jenner, Bella Hadid, Hailey Bieber, Chanel Iman, and many others are facing major backlash after appearing in a commercial for the fraudulent festival as well as promoting paid content on social media.
Lawyers want to see receipts
The Fyre Festival is still under investigation two years after the lackluster event took place.
Many truths have been revealed since Netflix and Hulu began streaming documentaries surrounding the festival. Now, certain individuals could be asked to appear in court to disclose financial information.
Just this past Friday, a Trustee overseeing the bankruptcy of Fyre Media asked a judge to write up subpoenas that will be sent out to the celebrities who help promote the event to appear in court to provide proof of payments received.
Before the Fyre Festival was set to take place in Spring 2017, big-name talent agencies were contacted in order to provide models to appear in the event’s promo commercial. The models and influencers who appeared in the commercial were paid a hefty stipend to help promote what looked to be the event of the year.
Big-named models are in question
In the commercial, models Kendall Jenner, Chanel Iman, Hailey Baldwin, Bella Hadid, Emily Ratajkowski, and few other influencers are seen having a great time frolicking in the water and enjoying the sunshine.
The commercial helped garner thousands of ticket sales for fans to spend two luxurious weekends in paradise partying alongside well-known celebrities.
Not only did the models partake in the commercial, but many of them also received a lump sum of money for sharing a Fyre Festival-sponsored Instagram post.
According to Capital FM, “Stars like Emily Ratajkowski, Elsa Hosk and more were paid to raise the buzz around the festival on social media, but the event was so poorly organised that attendees ended up losing thousands of pounds [dollars] when it got called off at the last minute.”
One model in question is Kendall Jenner, who is being asked to disclose more information surrounding the $250,000 payment she received for promoting the event on her Instagram page.
Jenner apparently shared a post that announced some of the members of the G.O.O.D Music family who would be performing as well as a discount code for fans to purchase admission tickets.
It is also to be believed that Kendall Jenner was alluding to Kanye West being set to perform in her post, which in turn led to an increase in ticket sales.
Even though the post has since been deleted, the model is still being asked to reveal if the post was, in fact, paid and exactly how much she received.
Millions of dollars need to be accounted for
Fyre Media is being asked to disclose how Billy McFarland spent millions of dollars on the event that did not live up to attendee’s expectations.
The subpoenas are part of the investigation to find out what happened to the $10 million McFarland spent in the weeks leading up to the Fyre Festival.
Since the Fyre Festival took place, many lawsuits have been filed against McFarland as well as all of the social media influencers who helped promote the festival.
One lawsuit, in particular, blames the influences for acting “with negligent misrepresentation, fraud, breach of contract for failing to ‘provide the festival experience as promised’ and for ‘misrepresentations’ that caused people to purchase tickets.’”
It has not been revealed when exactly Kendall Jenner and other social media influencers have to appear in court but no one, other than McFarland, is expected to receive any form of punishment.