A lawsuit was filed in California yesterday against Ja Rule and Billy McFarland, the organizers of the disastrous Fyre Festival in the Bahamas, reports Variety. The luxury event was supposed to take place this past weekend, but it was postponed after a chaotic opening day. Patrons who paid up to $12,000 a ticket arrived to find the festival in a state of total disorganization: headliners cancelled, planes were grounded, and the campsite was in complete disarray.
The suit was filed electronically by trial lawyer Mark Geragos on behalf of festival patron Daniel Jung, who is seeking $5 million for "alleged fraud, breach of contract, breach of covenant of good faith, and negligent misrepresentation." Geragos is seeking class action status, expecting a class of more than 150 plaintiffs for the case; he is seeking a minimum of $100 million on their behalf. He has previously worked with celebrities including Winona Ryder and Michael Jackson,
The suit alleges that the "festival's lack of adequate food, water, shelter, and medical care created a dangerous and panicked situation among attendees—suddenly finding themselves stranded on a remote island without basic provisions—that was closer to The Hunger Games or Lord of the Flies than Coachella."
Billy McFarland said over the weekend that he vows to have "make-up dates" for this year's festival next year in the United States, while Ja Rule took to Twitter on Saturday to apologize and say that all the guests were safe.
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