Fyre Festival co-producer Billy McFarland now faces even more damages for his botched music getaway — millions more, to be exact.
Last year’s Fyre Festival was decidedly a complete failure on all accounts. The festival, ‘produced’ by Billy McFarland and Ja Rule, was supposed to feature chart-topping acts such as Blink 182. It turned out to be little more than a campout that nowhere resembled what was promised to guests and investors.
Instead of luxury amenities and hot models, attendees were given tents and disappointing meals that resembled school lunches. While some attendees merely suffered minor inconveniences and a lot of disappointment, others ended up stranded on an island in a foreign country with less than adequate modes of travel to the mainland.
Now, these problems led to co-producer Billy McFarland having to pay $5 million to two attendees, Seth Crossno and Mark Thompson, who had purchased luxury VIP passes.
The pair spent around $13,000 in total during their trip from North Carolina.
While the pair had initially only asked for a minimum of $25,000 in their lawsuit, each of the plaintiffs was awarded $1.5 million for compensatory reparations. They were also granted another $1 million each in additional punitive damages.
It is expected that the producers of the Fyre Festival will be facing more and more suits in the upcoming months, both from defrauded investors and attendees. Currently, Billy McFarland is in jail related to charges of wire fraud, and did not attend the trial. It is believed that McFarland continued to defraud others after the festival imbroglio, and even continued to do so while he was released on bail.
It’s questionable whether or not McFarland will actually pay the plaintiffs involved in this case or in future cases. It was reported that he has failed to pay for many of the services that he received, including crisis management and attorneys. He has reported to his probation officer that he brings in approximately $40,000 each month due to “freelance work” along with more than $50,000 available in cash.