Fyre Fest Trustee Sues Blink-182 For Return of $500,000 Performance Fee

August 29, 2019

The infamous Fyre Festival may go down in history as the epitome of "false advertising." Now according to a report by Variety, a trustee for Fyre Fest is seeking refunds from celebrities associated with the botched event.

According to the lawsuit, the trustee is suing Blink-182 for the return of a $500,000 performance fee that was paid to them to headline the festival. The trustee is also suing models Kendall Jenner and Emily Ratajkowski for $275,000 and $300,000 respectively for the money they were paid to promote Fyre Festival on their Instagram accounts.

The suit claims that because the money paid to Blink-182, Jenner and Ratajkowski were part of a scheme conducted by organizer Billy McFarland to defraud investors, the transactions should be voided and returned. It also accuses Jenner and Ratajkowski for not acting in "good faith" for not revealing that they were paid for their Fyre Festival posts.

The Creative Artists Agency (CAA), a talent agency which represents Blink-182, is listed as a defendant in the case along with United Talent Agency (UTA) and ICM Partners. In total, CAA is being sued for a total of $585,000. ICM, which represents Lil Yachty, Migos and Rae Sremmurd (who where also booked to perform at Fyre), is being sued for the return of $350,000 that was paid to these artists. The trustee is also seeking the return of $90,000 from UTA for a performance fee paid to Skepta.

In a separate lawsuit, the trust see sought the return of $730,000 from Nue Agency for fees paid to Pusha T, Desiigner and Tyga, as well as $315,000 from festival director Yaron Lavi. Addition lawsuits were filed against a yacht company, a ticketing company, a catering company, and other vendors that were working with the Fyre Festival.

Lastly, the trustee is looking to void a $14.4 million transaction to Fyre Media, with $11 million going to McFarland. The suit claims that McFarland used $315,645.87 on personal expenses such as a luxury penthouse, dining, hotels, clothing and entertainment.