Fyre Festival: Restaurant owner's GoFundMe campaign recoups more than $100,000 from scam

Posted January 23, 2019

And after two new documentaries by Hulu and Netflix revealed the story behind the creation and downfall of the event, the musician is having to answer some questions.

In the beginning, the event looked promising.

But within hours of the first weekend, online photos surfaced of people given tents to sleep in. It also proves the power, allure and influence of putting a top model in a bikini on a white sandy tropical island beach (which was how the festival was advertised). It's absolutely still amusing that a bunch of far-too-rich kids willingly let themselves be hopelessly trapped on a tiny hell island eating prison sandwiches because some slick showman promised them all Blink-182 and Instagram models. It's very hard to watch, especially given the festival's co-founder, Billy McFarland, is now serving time for festival-related fraud charges and has claimed he is bankrupt. These acts of fraud amounted investors losing almost $26 million.

However, things did not exactly go according to plan as Fyre Festival organiser Billy McFarland chose to scam everyone instead, making them sleep in hurricane tents and eat slices of cheese on hard bread.

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The rapper said that he had an "amazing vision to create a festival like no other", and would never scam or fraud anybody out of a great time because his intentions were to bring about a great business. "I would NEVER SCAM or FRAUD anyone what sense does that make???" "That money should've went to the Bahamian people".

There is also footage in the Netflix doc from after the festival, in which the rapper tells Fyre employees of the fest, "That's not fraud, that's not fraud".

"Y'all want it to be me sooo bad it's insane... kinda sad! the insane s- is I'm watching the docs in awe myself..." he continued. It's insane. Kinda sad.

"I could watch infinite Fyre docs until the day I die".

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"I never made or got paid one dollar from Fyre...but everyone else did!"

As two Fyre Festival documentaries hit the airwaves, a couple who say their credit was ruined due to the Fyre Festival's lack of payment for their services have raised $54,381 at time of publication on GoFundMe. Rolle stated in the documentary how she was forced to dip into her savings which totaled $50,000, to pay staff after never receiving compensation from the festival's creators.

Ja Rule has issued an apology to one of the victims of the failed Fyre Festival he was a co-founder of. "MaryAnne [sic] Rolle we've never met but I'm devastated that something that was meant to be awesome, turn out to be such a disaster and hurt so many", he said.

Rolle set up the GoFundMe page Monday, and it already has about 2,300 donations.

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