It has been about a year and a half since Fyre Festival devolved from the promise of a luxury getaway in the Bahamas to a complete disorganized mess. The festival's founder Billy McFarland recently agreed to pay a $27 million settlement to the SEC, but a large class-action lawsuit still looms for the festival's organizers—including Ja Rule.
According to court documents obtained by The Blast, however, Ja Rule is claiming that Fyre Festival attendees have no legal grounds to sue him. The rapper argues that attendees signed a contract with Fyre, not him, and he says his personal promotion of the festival was limited to two social media posts.
As for the infamous bread and cheese sandwiches that went viral on social media, Ja Rule's legal team says, "Food provided may not have been the gourmet food that Plaintiffs were expecting, but that complaint should be addressed through a breach of contract claim against the parties to the contract," which they claim also does not include the rapper. Ja Rule also acknowledges that attendees may not have been offered the "luxury villas" some were expecting, but he makes a point of clarifying that they were provided shelter.
The court documents reveal that Ja Rule is asking to be dismissed from the lawsuit and claims he is not liable for any damages.
Contrary to Ja Rule's recent statements, the $100 million lawsuit argues that "festivalgoers survived on bare rations, little more than bread and a slice of cheese, and tried to escape the elements in the only shelter provided by Defendants: small clusters of ‘FEMA tents,’ exposed on a sand bar, that were soaked and battered by wind and rain."
In April 2017, the rapper shared a statement on Twitter in which he admitted he was "heartbroken" about the event but said it "was not a scam as everyone is reporting."