The celebrities and other models reportedly received US$1.5 million for their services, with Jenner said to have been paid US$250,000 for one Instagram post
The ill-fated Fyre Festival – a 2017 “exclusive music festival” that was postponed indefinitely – is coming back to bite the top models and social media influencers who promoted it.
Last Friday, a New York court-appointed liquidation trustee in the Fyre Media case, in the United States, filed a request for the judge to subpoena management agencies representing top models to force them to reveal how much money they were paid by Billy McFarland and his media company to promote the event.
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McFarland, the 27-year-old founder of Fyre Media, was sentenced to six years in prison in October after pleading guilty in the US to defrauding investors out of more than US$27.4 million.
The court document said that IMG Models and DNA Model Management, which represent Hailey Bieber, Bella Hadid, Alessandra Ambrosio and Emily Ratajkowski, were paid as much as US$1.5 million for their services.
These models appeared in the Fyre Festival promotional video, frolicking on yachts in the Bahamas.
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Kendall Jenner may also be subpoenaed regarding a payment of US$275,000 outlined in the filing.
Jenner reportedly received US$250,000 for one Instagram post, which she has since deleted.
The court trustee, Gregory Messer, requested that the judge subpoena other management agencies, musicians and suppliers who worked on Fyre Festival.
In total, these parties received nearly US$5.3 million from Fyre Media, the filing said.
Fyre Festival was advertised as an exclusive music festival on the island of Great Exuma in the Bahamas over two weekends in April and May 2017. Tickets cost US$1,200 to US$100,000.
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Guests were told they would fly in from Miami on private jets, sleep in luxury accommodation and eat gourmet food. The reality was very different: they were left stranded with half-built huts to sleep in and cold cheese sandwiches to eat.
Fyre Festival “spent tremendous amounts of time and borrowed money promoting the festival through YouTube videos and social media promotions featuring celebrities”, the filing said.
“As a result of this advertising and promotional blitz, thousands of people bought tickets to the Festival.”
Watch the full promotional video for Fyre Festival:
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This article originally appeared on Business Insider.