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Fyre Festival in FBI's Sights

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By    |   Monday, 22 May 2017 12:57 PM

The Fyre Festival is under FBI investigation as the two-weekend long music event in the Bahamas ended up being nothing more than a disaster on a "dark beach."

The failed festival, which was scheduled for late April, was supposed to feature the likes of Blink-182, Desiigner, Pusha T and Tyga, but instead people who went on the expensive musical getaway "arrived to a canceled festival, a tent city and meals well below expectations," according to the New York Daily News.

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Now the festival, networking and social media guru Billy McFarland and rapper Ja Rule are under investigation for "possible mail, wire, and securities fraud," reported The New York Times.

McFarland put the event together and Ja Rule was set to be the biggest star at the festival, and was promoted as such, and now he's taking part of the blame.

Ja Rule's lawyer said the rapper "would never participate in anything fraudulent" because "it's simply not in his DNA."

The festival is facing numerous lawsuits "seeking millions and alleging fraud, breach of contract and more," according to Times.

“The festival’s lack of adequate food, water, shelter and medical care created a dangerous and panicked situation among attendees — suddenly finding themselves stranded on a remote island without basic provisions — that was closer to ‘The Hunger Games’ or ‘Lord of the Flies’ than Coachella,” says one lawsuit, noted the Daily News.

While speaking to his employees at his TriBeCa office on May, McFarland deflected the blame being put on him, noted the Times.

He said coverage of the unsuccessful festival has been "sensationalized," adding that there would be another festival next year.

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