Fund for unpaid Fyre Festival caterer passes $120,000

Brenda Watkins
January 21, 2019

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".

Both Netflix's Fyre Festival: The Greatest Party That Never Happened and Hulu's Fyre Fraud documentaries follow the story of rapper Ja Rule and festival creator/entrepreneur Billy McFarland from festival idea to festival meltdown.

When the controversy first came to light in Spring 2017, Ja Rule initially apologized, writing, "We are working right now on getting everyone off the island SAFE that is my immediate concern..."

Despite the clear attempt to distance himself from the festival, Ja Rule does have a point.

Ja Rule is still believed to be facing dozens of lawsuits brought by guests and businesses following the shambles, but has escaped criminal charges. "I too was hustled, scammed, bamboozled, hood winked, lead [sic] astray!" he wrote.

Business partner to Billy and very much involved for the entirety of the festival's planning, Ja wasn't interviewed for either of the FYRE documentaries, but has taken to Twitter to maintain his innocence regardless. "We are 'Scam Fyre.' But that might not be the case after we fucking put our plan in play and start to spin it". "They just wiped it out and never looked back".

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As Ja Rule alluded to up above, both documentaries have accused the other of ethical lapses. "That money should've went to the Bahamian ppl Netflix PAID fuck Jerry the same guys that did the promo for the festival..."

'We've never met but I'm devastated that something that was meant to be unbelievable, turn out to be such a disaster and hurt so many ppl. "I heard they paid him somewhere btw 100 to 250... that money was supposed to go to the locals by LAW..."

Ja Rule - who was never charged in relation to the scam, but found himself named in a Dollars $100 million class action lawsuit filed against Fyre Media - turned his attention to more specific allegations laid out in the Netflix documentary FYRE: The Greatest Party That Never Happened.

Hulu's documentary is titled Fyre Fraud and the streaming company reportedly paid Billy McFarland to appear in it. That's really all the entertainment you need.

Organizer Billy McFarland, 27, is now serving six years in prison for a fraud estimated to have stolen $27.4 million from investors. "That's it. If we wanna go fuckin' see the pigs, and the girls wanna go see the pigs, we go fuckin' see the pigs".

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