Ja Rule fights back against Fyre Festival documentaries

Ja Rule fights back against Fyre Festival documentaries

Ja Rule fights back against Fyre Festival documentaries

Maryann Rolle, who runs Exuma Point Bar and Grille, had stated in the documentary how she had to pay nearly $50,000 from her own savings to pay the staff. The festival was marketed through popular influencers using their Instagram platforms to sell this "FOMO" (fear of missing out) on an island experience that would get their followers to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on villas and other island tour packages that did not exist.

Instead of a tropical Coachella, however, it turned out to be a desolate, half-built wasteland of tents and soggy mattresses with minimal food and no celebrities in attendance. At the time, McFarland and others were in the process of planning another scam, called "NYC VIP Access". The mastermind of the festival and Rule's partner, Billy McFarland, was sentenced to six years in jail for fraud.

And after two new documentaries by Hulu and Netflix revealed the story behind the creation and downfall of the event, the musician is having to answer some questions.

Rolle and her husband, Elvis, were contractually obligated to provide lodging and catering for Fyre.

A local victim of the disastrous Fyre Festival in Great Exuma, Bahamas is finally getting some relief.

Within days of the premiere of Netflix's Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened, thousands have come forth to support the unpaid Bahamian restaurant owner who narrated her hard experiences in the documentary, state reports. "Just take it away and just let me start a new beginning", she says in the documentary.

Speaking in the documentary, Rolle said: 'I had 10 persons working with me directly just preparing food all day and all night, 24 hours.

"I literally had to pay all those people. I am here as a Bahamian and they stand in my face every day".

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"They just wiped it out and never looked back".

Rolle told Bahamian newspaper Tribune 242 she honored her contract in hopes that the company behind the failed festival would bring business to the island later down the line.

As a result of this outpouring of concern, a verified GoFundMe set up for Rolle has exceeded its goal of $123,000. As of Monday more than 4,000 people had contributed a total surpassing $131,000 to the couple's campaign.

"I went through about US$50,000 of my savings that I could've saved for a rainy day". Namely co-founders Billy McFarland and Ja Rule.

Ja Rule then went on air his frustration with those who watched the documentary and thought negatively of him afterward. "We've never met but I'm devastated that something that was meant to be unbelievable, turn out to be such a disaster and hurt so many ppl".

"Hulu PAID BILLY! That money should've went to the Bahamian [people.] Netflix PAID F-Jerry the same guys that did the promo for the festival..."

CNN has reached out to Maryann Rolle and GoFundMe for comment.

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