Ja Rule is fighting back against claims that he is at least complicit in the disastrous Fyre Festival, in which attendees expected to sleep in luxurious villas on a secluded island in the Bahamas, dine on scrumptious food and enjoy concerts put on by major music artists. The rapper initially co-created the event with entrepreneur-turned-professional-scammer Billy McFarland, promising an island party filled with models, gourmet food and luxury accommodations - but delivering tattered hurricane tents, wet mattresses and the saddest sandwiches of all time. At the time, McFarland and others were in the process of planning another scam, called "NYC VIP Access". A fitting conclusion to a story where just about nothing goes right, the documentaries follow the rise and fall of Fyre Festival, as well as the festival's co-creators Billy McFarland and Ja Rule.
"It has been an unforgettable experience catering to the organizers of Fyre Festival", Rolle wrote on her crowdfunding campaign. The Rolles own the Exuma Point Bar and Grille on Great Exuma, near where the festival was supposed to take place.
When asked by a Twitter user why the "feds" weren't after him, he replied, "Cause it wasn't me who scammed ppl (people) Sherlock..." While I understand that the people working on the Fyre app and others behind the scenes were unaware, the reality is that they were all mostly complicit in what was going on.
One employee pushed back on this, saying they could not come back from the way they lied to the public and basically committed fraud.
Following the sham event, several lawsuits were brought against Fyre Festival's organizers who were accused of defrauding consumers.
As for Rolle, a GoFundMe page was set up in her name, and after both docs were released, the amount swelled to over $135,000.
I mean, he didn't offer to repay her any of the dollars lost as a result of his cursed event or anything.
"I went through about $50,000 (£38,000) of my savings that I could've had for a rainy day".
My heart goes out to this lovely lady...
While some commentors have questioned whether it's truly Rolle behind the GoFundMe, it appears to be legitimate - an executive producer of Netflix's "Fyre", Gabrielle Bluestone, linked to the GoFundMe on Twitter.
"I'm devastated that something that was meant to be wonderful, turn out to be such a disaster and hurt so many", he wrote.
Netflix partnered with Vice Media and Fuck Jerry, both of whom were involved in the production of the festival to some extent.