At the time, McFarland and others were in the process of planning another scam, called "NYC VIP Access".
McFarland was sentenced to six years in prison and ordered to forfeit $26 million for wire fraud in a scheme to defraud investors. And while we can't confirm if Hulu's documentary, which is not available on any Australian streaming services yet, answers all our questions about the festival, we can confirm that after watching Netflix's documentary we still have many questions about this complete disaster of an event.
Arriving on Great Exuma island, attendees were taken to FEMA tents and given poorly put together cheese sandwiches, instead of the luxury villas and high-class food that was guaranteed.
A GoFundMe page set up by Marynn Rolle, the owner of Exuma Point Bar and Grille in the Bahamas, has raised more than $130,000 in a week following the release of Netflix's new documentary, Fyre Festival: The Greatest Party that Never Happened.
"But we didn't prepare the grounds to receive 500 or 600 persons, so they said we'll come down and help you clean because I'm still at the airport". "During the day they were happy here as long as I kept cooking, breakfast turned into lunch and the girls just cooked and cooked and cooked". And they just wiped it out.
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Gabrielle Bluestone, the executive producer of Fyre, later took to Twitter and confirmed that the fundraiser was authentic and said that all proceeds would go directly to her (Maryann).
Maryann wrote: "As I make this plea it's hard to believe and embarrassing to admit that I was not paid".
Some of the shady tactics used in the lead-up to the Fyre Festival are now raising alarm bells on a smaller scale around another Instagram personality, 27-year-old Caroline Calloway, who announced to her 830,000 followers she was arranging "creativity workshops" around the US for $165 per ticket which would include a homemade lunch, craftwork and "teaching". "I went through about $50,000 of my savings that I could've had for a rainy day". Now, Fyre Festival co-founder Ja Rule has responded to the pair of films, as well as criticism about his involvement with the affair. "It just brings tears to see how everybody poured out a heart of love". Ja Rule tweeted on Sunday.
"I'm devastated that something that was meant to be unbelievable, turn out to be such a disaster and hurt so many", he wrote.
However, Hulu paid him money for the making of their documentary and Netflix payed the promotional company F**k Jerry - who promoted the failed festival - for their own documentary.
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