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Ja Rule escapes punishment from $100m Fyre Festival class action lawsuit

The Fyre Festival co-founder’s social media posts were not linked directly to ticket purchases, judge rules

  • Max Penny-Barrow
  • 20 November 2019
Ja Rule escapes punishment from $100m Fyre Festival class action lawsuit

Ja Rule has escaped punishment from a $100m Fyre Festival class action lawsuit.

The case against Ja Rule, who co-founded the failed festival with Billy McFarland, was dropped on Monday by New York City southern district judge P Kevin Castel.

The verdict comes after an appeal by Fyre attendees, who were disputing the claim that Ja Rule was unaware of the organisational mishaps plaguing the festival.

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During the appeal, plaintiffs were unable to prove that repeated social media promotion across all of his pages led to them purchasing tickets.

Ja Rule’s lawyer, speaking to Complex, described the verdict as “total vindication” for the rapper, whose real name is Jeffrey Atkins.

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Billy McFarland has already been found guilty of wire fraud in 2018, subsequently being sentenced to six years in jail and a $25m fine.

McFarland still remains a defendant in the $100m lawsuit.

Max Penny-Barrow is a freelance journalist, follow him on Twitter

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