Fyre Festival is not done ruining lives. The creator of the defunct fake luxury festival, Billy McFarland was sentenced to prison for fraud and now the court is ordering more information about how Fyre Media paid for the models and influencers to promote the festival.
According to Billboard, on January 25 a court-appointed liquidation trustee in the Fyre Media case filed a request for the judge to subpoena management agencies representing the models in Fyre advertisements to reveal how much they were paid.
This is an effort for the court to find out how McFarland spent $11.3 million leading up to the festival. Trustee Gregory Messer wants to subpoena IMG Models Bella Hadid, Hailey Bieber and Elsa Hosk, on how much they were paid to appear in the promotional video and promote the festival on their social media. Messer said IMG received payments of $1.2 million from McFarland between November 2016 to February 2017.
A subpoena was also requested for DNA Model Management, which represents Emily Ratajkowski who was in the video. Supposedly Ratajkowski was paid $299,000 by McFarland in March 2017.
Messer is also planning on subpena Kendall Jenner. The model was supposedly paid $250,000 in January 2017 from McFarland for posting about the festival on her Instagram.
View this post on Instagram a throwback for all 100M of you! LOVE YOU LOTS. always THANKFUL 🥰 A post shared by Kendall (@kendalljenner) on Dec 10, 2018 at 9:45am PST
She hinted that members from Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music would be performing during the festival. Jenner didn’t disclose the post as an #ad so the FTC gave her a warning. She has since deleted her Fyre Festival posts and has distanced herself from the festival.
Two documentaries about the downfall of the festival were released on Hulu and Netflix, Fyre Fraud and Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened respectively. The documentaries have brought new light on the scammed luxury music festival.