Models, artists part of Fyre Festival facing subpoenas
The Fyre Festival drama seems far from over.
Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid and other models and artists who helped promote the festival are now facing subpoenas. The celebrities might have to reveal information about the payments they received by organizer Billy McFarland for their festival appearance, reports Billboard.
Between 2016 and 2017, Fyre Festival booked super models and influencers to be part of a video promoting the event. As the two recent documentaries from Netflix and Hulu show, the festival was a complete disaster and ended with McFarland being convicted. The co-organizer plead guilty to multiple counts of fraud and is serving a six-year prison sentence.
However, the investigation over what happened regarding Fyre Festival continues. Now, Jenner, Hadid, Hailey Bieber and other super models, as well as the agency representing them, are facing supboenas. They might have to give an account of the payments their received to help promote the festival.
As Billboard reports, the trustee overseeing the bankruptcy of Fyre Media asked for the subpoenas on Friday, Jan. 25. According to the trustee, Gregory Messer, IMG models received $1.2 million from McFarland from November 2016 to February 2017.
Jenner, however, seems to have even more to explain. She might receive a subpoena "as part of a broad effort to understand what happened to $11.3 million paid out by McFarland in the weeks and months leading up to the doomed festival."
The model also received a $250,000 payment in January 2017. Soon after, she shared on Instagram a post saying members of Kanye West's G.O.O.D music family would perform at Fyre Fest. However, she didn't tag it as a paid post.
And there's more
Messer also wants to subpoena more people involved in the festival, including artists, media agencies and other companies, says Billboard.
The trustee will look into artists paid to promote the Fyre Media app, including Soulja Boy and Waka Flocka Flame. The rappers received $115,000 and $150,000, respectively.
United Talent Agency, cruise ship company Landry & Kling, private aviation provider Aircraft Services and pastry chef Ellis Duff and other 16 companies might also face subpoenas.
Plus, Messer plans to go after Jerry Media, the agency that happened with the festival's promotion on social media. The online agency kept promoting the event even after warning signs and reportedly deleted comments with complaints on social media.
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