If you haven’t heard about the fiasco that was the Fyre Festival let me clue you in, it was a concert scheme concocted by Billy McFarlane to swindle fans out A LOT of money for a festival billed as a star-studded experience on the secluded the Bahamian island of Great Exuma.
Concert goers forked over as much as $12k for advance tickets to what organizers said was, “an immersive music festival on a remote and private island in the Exumas… [featuring] the best in food, art, music and adventure,” only to be stranded on a trashed beach with no signs of a festival anywhere. Cut to the chase, in March 2018 McFarlane was found guilty of defrauding a ticket vendor and wire fraud. And sentenced to six years in prison and ordered to pay $26 million.
But the festival’s co-founder, Ja Rule, escaped scott-free. Fans and detractors alike have been pestering the rapper on social media for evading justice, and quit frankly, Ja is tired of it all, “All of y’all that won’t let the Fyre sh*t go I have one question, If I was the one who was doing 6 years in prison for fraud and Billy was cleared of any wrongdoing, would y’all be saying the white guy is guilty still? I highly doubt it… it be your own people I swear.”
Mr. Atkins is practically untouchable, à la John Gotti and Donald Trump. A class-action lawsuit claiming he falsely promoted the festival dismissed last year. “In July, the Court dismissed all Fyre Festival claims against Mr. Atkins. After this loss, plaintiffs’ law firm Geragos & Geragos appealed that decision. Today, the Court denied their appeal. This ruling is nothing short of a total vindication of Mr. Atkins.” Ja’s lawyer, Ryan Hayden Smith, stated to Billboard last year.
Can y’all leave Jeffrey Atkins alone?