Ja Rule avoided getting burned by the Fyre Festival thanks to a judge’s ruling in a lawsuit over the disastrous 2017 concert in the Bahamas.
The decision by Judge Kevin Castel came in a case filed by festival-goers against Ja Rule, whose real name is Jeffrey Atkins, and Fyre Festival chief marketing officer Grant Margolin. They were accused of organizing and promoting the event while knowing it was a scam.
But Castel wrote in a 32-page decision in Manhattan Federal Court that their boasts in the months prior to the concert did not mean that they knew it would devolve into a crisis.
“(Ja Rule) and Margolin were participants in organizing or promoting a large-scale event. 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,” Castel wrote.
“Mr Atkins is thankful for today’s ruling and for the Court’s time and attention. Justice was done today,” his attorney Ryan Smith said. The festival-goers had pointed to posts on Ja Rule’s Instagram account promoting the Fyre Festival showing models in bikinis.
Fyre Fest founder Billy McFarland is serving six years in prison for the debacle and has been ordered to forfeit $26 million for defrauding investors in the event, among other schemes.
By Damilola Faustino
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