Kendall Jenner faces potential subpoena over Fyre Festival

Kendall Jenner faces potential subpoena over Fyre Festival

Model Kendall Jenner might have to answer questions about the R3.4-million she was reportedly paid to promote the Fyre Festival on Instagram.

Kendall and Kylie Jenner
Kendall and Kylie Jenner / Instagram

Kendall Jenner and several other top models could be subpoenaed to answer questions about the disastrous Fyre Festival.

The Bahamas festival, which critics are now calling “the greatest party that never happened”, was set to take place in April last year, but never did.

Organisers used celebrities and social media influencers to help draw attention to the “luxury music festival”.

Bella Hadid, Emily Ratajkowski, Hailey Baldwin, and Elsa Hosk were just some of the A-list faces who were roped in to promote the event.

Kendall, who has over 100-million Instagram followers, was reportedly paid a whopping $250,000 (around R3.4-million) for promoting concert tickets.

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Tickets for the event cost between R13,600 and R170,000. 

Around 25 models are believed to have been paid to appear in a promotional video and social media posts for the event.

The exposure helped the festival gain interested from scores of potential festivalgoers who soon lined up to get their tickets.

Some of the models are accused of promoting the festival on social media without making it clear the posts were an ad, which the Federal Trade Commission made a requirement in 2017.

The Fyre Festival turned out to be an epic fail.

The gourmet food and luxury accommodation people paid for were nowhere to be seen when festivalgoers arrived on the island.

Instead, they reportedly got cheese sandwiches and “refugee tents” to sleep in. Many were left stranded on the island.

Festival organiser, Billy McFarland, was sentenced to six years in prison after pleading guilty to several fraud charges relating to the event.

Rapper Ja Rule, who helped organise the festival but claims he was also duped, has also been named in several lawsuits. 

Angry festivalgoers, investors, and service providers are reportedly seeking over $100-million in damages. 

According to CNN, a New York bankruptcy judge ordered the agencies representing the models to comply with subpoenas issued by a trustee overseeing the bankruptcy of the festival.

The models could be questioned with regards to the money they were paid.

Two Fyre documentaries have been made, detailing everything that went wrong -  Hulu’s ‘Fyre Fraud’ and Netflix’s ‘Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened’.

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