Kendall Jenner to Pay $90,000 Over Fyre Festival Fiasco
The suit also alleged that Jenner, who has 129 million Instagram followers, attempted to dupe potential ticket buyers by insinuating that her brother-in-law, Kanye West, would perform at the event.
Kendall Jenner has reached a settlement in a lawsuit stemming from the disastrous Fyre Festival.
The model and Keeping Up With The Kardashians star was among a raft of social media influencers and models recruited by the organizers of the festival to promote what turned out to be fiasco of epic proportions that resulted in a flurry of lawsuits.
According to documents obtained by Billboard, as part of her settlement, Jenner has agreed to pay $90,000 (of her reported $275,000 fee for posting about the festival in 2017) to a court-appointed bankruptcy trustee that is attempting to reclaim money paid to a a variety of performers, talent agencies, transportation companies, management firms and vendors involved with the notoriously disastrous concert.
The suit brought by attorney Gregory Messer in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in New York claimed that in the social media post (since deleted) Jenner failed to disclose to her followers that she was being paid to promote the Fyre Festival, leading them to believe it would be "filled with famous models on an 'exotic private island with first-class culinary experiences and a luxury atmosphere.'"
The suit also alleged that Jenner, who has 129 million Instagram followers, attempted to dupe potential ticket buyers by insinuating that her brother-in-law, Kanye West, would perform at the event, writing, "So hyped to announced my G.O.O.D. Music Family as the first headliners for @fyrefestival." Among the 14 lawsuits Messer has filed in the case are actions against model Emily Ratajkowski and artists Push T, Blink-182, Lil Yachty and Migos.
Trustee Messer is attempting to claw back $14.4 million paid out by Fyre Media and founder Billy McFarland, who is currently serving a six-year federal prison sentence for bilking investors out of $26 million to stage the over-the-top festival with rapper Ja Rule with the help of models and influencers who promised lavish accommodations a private island.