By now, almost everyone has watched the documentaries about the failed Fyre Fest that happened in 2017 in the Bahamas. Ja Rule, one of the partners for the disastrous fest, has avoided being charged in a lawsuit thanks to a judge’s ruling.
The decision by Judge Kevin Castel came in a case filed by festival-goers against Ja Rule and the chief marketing officer of the fest, Grant Margolin. The two were accused of organizing and promoting the event that they knew was a scam.
In a 32-page decision Castel wrote, “(Ja Rule) and Margolin were participants in organizing or promoting a large-scale event. There is no assertion that the Festival when first conceived or introduced to the public was intended not to go forward or that defendants intended not to perform by organizing the advertised amenities and accommodation.”
Currently, the Fyre Fest founder Billy McFarland is serving six years in prison for the failed music fest and has been ordered to forfeit $26 million for defrauding investors in the event.
While Castel dismissed all claims in the suit, he gave the plaintiffs a three-week window to come forward with new evidence to re-file a fraud claim against the rapper. The festival certainly created a sticky situation for everyone involved and most likely, the cheated ticket holders who paid between $400 and $1,000 would like to see everyone involved in organizing the event punished.