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Kendall Jenner agrees to pay $90,000 in Fyre Fest lawsuit

Kendall Jenner has agreed a $90,000 settlement in a lawsuit that alleged she deceived potential ticket buyers for the ill-fated Fyre Festival.

The Keeping Up With the Kardashians celebrity and model, who was one of many social media influencers and models used to promote the festival, has agreed to pay the money to a court-appointed bankruptcy trustee, Billboard reports.

The lawsuit claims that Jenner, whose estimated net worth sits at $45m, attempted to dupe potential attendees into buy tickets by claiming that her brother-in-law Kanye West was scheduled to perform at the event in the Bahamas.

It also accused the celebrity of failing to disclose that she was being paid by Fyre Festival to promote the event and led her social media following of 129 million people to believe it would be “filled with famous models on an ‘exotic private island with first-class culinary experiences and a luxury atmosphere.'”

The trustee, Greg Messer, is attempting to recover $14.4m paid to performers, talent agencies, transportation companies, management firms and vendors involved with the failed event.

The trustee has filed 14 lawsuits against the likes of model Emily Ratajkowski and artists Pusha T, Blink 182, Lil Yachty and Migos.

Billy McFarland, the main founder and promoter of the festival was jailed for six years in October 2018. A judge described the 26-year-old, who pleaded guilty to several counts of fraud, as “a serial fraudster” who had been dishonest for “most of his life”.

In February 2019, McFarland, who has taken much of the fallout so far, was also ordered to pay back $3m to an investor who sponsored the event.

Since then, ticketholders of Fyre Festival tried and failed to get Ja Rule listed as a defendant on a $100m lawsuit seeking damages. The rapper, whose real name is Jeffrey Atkins, was initially presented as a co-founder of the so-called luxury music festival in the Bahamas but was removed from the lawsuit by a judge in July. It was concluded that there was no evidence that he was aware the promises he was making over social media would not be honoured by McFarland and his team.

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