Published: Wed, January 30, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid will reportedly be subpoenaed over Fyre Festival payments

Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid will reportedly be subpoenaed over Fyre Festival payments

According to court documents obtained by ET, the trustee overseeing the proceedings, Gregory Messer, asked courts to subpoena 24 parties, called "examinees", including IMG Models, DNA Model Management, Kendall Jenner INC, United Talent Agency and others, to determine the nature of their involvement with the event.

Models Kendall Jenner, Emily Ratajkowski and Bella Hadid are among the attractive people who were ordered Monday to disclose information about payments they received to promote or appear at the ill-fated Fyre Festival in the Bahamas. But the people in charge aren't the only ones being subpoenaed, big-name famous faces, like Emily Ratajkowski and her model besties, are also getting roped into legal proceedings.

One subpoena is meant for IMG Models, the agency that represents Bella Hadid, Hailey Bieber and Elsa Hosk - who all appeared in a Fyre Festival promotional video - and were paid $1.2 million, according to court records.

It's believed that Jenner received U.S. $250,000 to announce the headliners from the festival on Instagram.

Jerry Media, an agency which was responsible for the social media promotion of the festival, will also be issued a subpoena.

Jenner was also reportedly paid $250,000 in January 2017 for a promotional post she made on her Instagram, which has already gotten her into hot water with the Federal Trade Commission for failing to indicate it was a sponsored ad.

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Jenner apparently shared a post that announced some of the members of the G.O.O.D Music family who would be performing as well as a discount code for fans to purchase admission tickets.

As two documentaries released this month have graphically, and sometimes hilariously depicted, the festival's accommodations were rain-soaked refugee tents and the food little more than grim-looking cheese sandwiches.

Since the Fyre Festival took place, many lawsuits have been filed against McFarland as well as all of the social media influencers who helped promote the festival.

The subpoenas are part of the investigation to find out what happened to the $10 million McFarland spent in the weeks leading up to the Fyre Festival.

The festival, which had been promoted as an upscale, exclusive experience on a private island in the Bahamas costing attendees thousands of dollars a ticket, devolved into chaos after organizers failed to provide more than basic necessities for concertgoers.

McFarland was sentenced in federal court in Manhattan.

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