Ja Rule Is Off The Hook For A $100 Million Major Fyre Festival Lawsuit
Ja Rule has been cleared of wrongdoing in a major lawsuit that arose from the ill-fated Fyre Fest.
The notorious 2017 event saw the rapper teaming up with entrepreneur Billy McFarland to create a luxurious festival in the Bahamas where tickets ranged from between $4,000 to$12,000.
But it soon descended into chaos when major acts such as Blink-182 cancelled their appearances after it emerged that the event was far from ready, with guests sleeping in disaster zone tents and dining out on minuscule cheese sandwiches.
The rapper, real name Jeffrey Atkins, has now been fully cleared of wrongdoing as part of an $100 million class action lawsuit filed by Fyre Festival attendees.
He was initially cleared back in July, but lawyers representing Billy McFarland argued that he was implicit in the event and knew it was destined to fail.
A subsequent appeal from MacFarland’s lawyers has been denied by Judge Kevin Castel, after it was determined that the rapper was not made aware of the issues that led to the festival’s ill fated end.
“In July, the Court dismissed all Fyre Festival claims against Mr. Atkins,” said Rule’s lawyer, Ryan Hayden Smith.
“After this loss, plaintiffs’ law firm Geragos & Geragos appealed that decision.
Today, the Court denied their appeal. This ruling is nothing short of a total vindication of Mr. Atkins.”
He was incarcerated on multiple counts of fraud, including for the failed festival in the Bahamas. It was later reported that he is working on his memoirs.
Ja had teamed up with Billy McFarland on Fyre Fest to promote the Fyre music booking app, with celebs including Bella Hadid and Kendall Jenner promoting the fesival on Great Exuma on Instagram.
Revellers expected luxury villas and tents, meals from celebrity chefs and a line-up including Blink 182, Pusha T and Tyga.
However, all of the acts pulled out, people who arrived in the Bahamas were greeted by disaster relief tents to stay in, and the cuisine promised turned out to be cheese sandwiches in Styrofoam containers.