Kendall Jenner Gives Up Part Of Fee For Promoting Fyre Festival
Kendall Jenner has agreed to pay $90,000 of the $275,000 (all figures U.S.) she was paid to promote 2017’s failed Fyre Festival on social media.
The settlement is contained in a bankruptcy court filing in New York City.
The 24-year-old model was named in a lawsuit filed last year by Gregory Messer, a trustee in charge of the Fire Festival bankruptcy, who accused Jenner of failing to disclose that she was paid to promote what was billed as a luxury music festival in the Bahamas. Among the dozens of acts supposedly booked for the two-weekend event were Blink-182, Major Lazer, Pusha T, Migos and Lil Yachty.
The event, plagued by logistical issues, bad weather and artist cancellations, never took place. Co-promoter Billy McFarland was sentenced in 2018 to six years in prison after pleading guilty to wire fraud.
A $100 million class action lawsuit was filed in 2017 against Fyre Festival organizers, including rapper Ja Rule. It alleged guests that were promised “a posh, island-based music festival” encountered something “closer to The Hunger Games or Lord of the Flies than Coachella.”
Last year, Jenner downplayed her involvement in Fyre to The New York Times. “You get reached out to by people to, whether it be to promote or help or whatever, and you never know how these things are going to turn out, sometimes it's a risk," said Jenner. "I definitely do as much research as I can, but sometimes there isn't much research you can do because it's a starting brand and you kind of have to have faith in it and hope it will work out the way people say it will.”