Syracuse University alumnus named as defendant in Fyre Festival lawsuit

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Attendees of the disastrous Fyre Festival were promised luxury amenities but instead arrived at a chaotic tent city.

A Syracuse University alumnus is named as a defendant in a class action lawsuit against organizers of the failed Fyre Festival.

Grant Margolin, a 2014 graduate of the College of Visual and Performing Arts’ Martin Bandier Program for the Music Business and Entertainment Industries, was Fyre Festival’s chief marketing officer.

The lawsuit alleges Margolin — along with Fyre Festival organizers William McFarland, Jeffrey Atkins and Fyre Media, Inc. — falsely represented the event in marketing materials and did not provide attendees with adequate food, shelter, basic amenities or medical care.

Attendees of the disastrous Fyre Festival, a music festival scheduled to take place in the Bahamas in late April, were promised luxury amenities but instead arrived at a chaotic tent city with few amenities.

According to the lawsuit, none of the musical performances or activities were available. Instead of communal bathrooms or showers, attendees were provided filthy port-a-potties. Despite being promised the “best in food,” some attendees were served just two pieces of bread, a slice of cheese and a small salad.

Margolin could not be reached for comment.

McFarland, the festival’s main organizer, was arrested on a wire fraud charge on June 30, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The Los Angeles Times reported more than a dozen lawsuits have been filed by Fyre Festival ticket holders alleging breach of contract, fraud and other claims.

This story will be updated as more information is reported.


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