Kendall Jenner and Emily Ratajkowski are among the celebrities being hit with new lawsuits targeting their involvement in promoting the infamous Fyre Festival, the fraudulent 2017 music festival that which inspired two separate documentaries and a jail sentence for the fest’s founder.
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the complaints were filed by the event’s trustee, Gregory Messer, in New York’s U.S. bankruptcy court this week, with complaints also targeting Migos, Blink-182, Lil Yachty and Pusha T.
The lawsuits involve the trustee’s attempts to recover money that was paid to performers, vendors, talent agencies and other entities involved in the festival in order to track down the $11.3 million paid out by the festival’s organizer, Billy McFarland, who is currently serving a six-year prison sentence after being found guilty on multiple charges of fraud.
According to the suit against Jenner, she was allegedly paid $275,000 for one social media post, which referenced her “G.O.O.D. Music Family” but gave no indication that she was being paid to promote the festival.
This, the suit contends, “intentionally led certain members of the public and ticket purchasers to believe” that G.O.O.D. founder Kanye West would be performing at the festival.
“This conduct demonstrates a clear lack of good faith on Jenner’s part,” Messer states in the complaint.
In addition, separate lawsuits allege Fyre Media paid $299,000 to DNA Model Management — which represents Ratajkowski — noting that she “made at least one” social media post promoting the event, but likewise didn’t disclose she was being paid.
Separate suits allege that International Creative Management was paid $350,000 for Migos, Lil Yachty and Rae Sremmund to perform, Creative Artists Agency was paid $500,000 to secure Blink-182, and Nue Agency was paid $730,000 for Pusha T, Desiigner and Tyga.
Fans were promised a luxury experience at the festival, which was to have been held on a Caribbean island; when attendees made it to venue, they were instead met with shoddy facilities, leaky tents and fed cheese sandwiches, leading the hashtag #fyrefraud to trend on Twitter.