Judge Tosses Out Class Action Lawsuit Against Ja Rule Over Fyre Festival

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Judge Tosses Out Class Action Lawsuit Against Ja Rule Over Fyre Festival

Concertgoers accused the rapper of frauding them out of their money.

Published July 12, 2019

Ja Rule is officially off the hook, at least legally, for the disastrously-planned Fyre Festival that epically did not pan out and left people stranded in the Bahamas in 2017.

  1. The former Murder Inc. emcee, who helped promote and organize the concert experience, found himself in some legal trouble in the fallout that resulted after the festival was cancelled without warning.

    Concertgoers filed a class-action lawsuit against Ja and Fyre’s chief marketing officer Grant Margolin for frauding them out of their money. They accused them of duplicitously promoting Fyre Fest, knowing it was a scam.

  2. On Thursday (July), a New York judge sided with Ja and Margolin, dismissing the lawsuit against them. The judge ruled that there was no way the two could have known that Fyre Festival would become, well, Fyre Festival. 

    "Atkins and Margolin were participants in organizing or promoting a large-scale event," the judge stated in court documents. "There is no assertion that the Festival when first conceived or introduced to the public was intended not to go forward or that defendants intended not to perform by organizing the advertised amenities and accommodation."


  3. Memes and speculation about the botched musical festival ran wild after two documentaries, Hulu’s Fyre Fraud or Netflix’s Fyre, about the fiasco came out earlier this year, which prompted Ja to defend himself in a series of tweets.

    Assuming that the whole affair is officially behind him, Ja is already looking to focus on his next project which might possibly be another festival. Back in June, he shared with the The Breakfast Club crew that he wants to do another festival exactly like Fyre. Let’s hope this time around will create different results.


Written by Danielle Ransom

(Photo: Tom Briglia/ Getty Images)


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