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Over £90,000 Raised For Fyre Festival Worker Who Lost £38,000

Over £90,000 Raised For Fyre Festival Worker Who Lost £38,000

Following the release of Netflix's new documentary, FYRE: The Greatest Festival That Never Happened, viewers were left in shock after finding out that one woman was left out of pocket by an astronomical sum after the fiasco of the festival itself.

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Maryann Rolle, manager at the Exuma Point Bar and Grille (on the Exuma islands in the Bahamas), had to pay more than £38,000 ($50,000) of her own money to staff after the sudden cancellation of the Fyre Festival, organised by Billy McFarland and Ja Rule.

A few days before the documentary dropped on Netflix, Maryann set up a GoFundMe page in a bid to hopefully raise some of the money she lost - and with a target of £90,000 ($123,000) target, she's already raised over £104,000 ($135,000).

On the fundraising page she wrote: "As I make this plea it's hard to believe and embarrassing to admit that I was not paid. I was left in a big hole! My life was changed forever, and my credit was ruined by Fyre Fest. My only resource today is to appeal for help."

MaryAnn Rolle. Credit: Netflix
MaryAnn Rolle. Credit: Netflix

Fyre Festival was meant to be a luxury lifestyle, music, art and food event to promote Fyre Media's booking app - however after swiftly disintegrating into chaos, it ended up being described as 'The Hunger Games for elite millennials'.

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Tickets for the event in the Bahamas cost customers up to $12,000 each and it sold out pretty quickly after being promoted by models and Instagram influencers such as Kendall Jenner, Emily Ratajowski and Bella Hadid.

The headliners included Blink-182, Skepta and Major Lazer, but they all started pulling out before the event even kicked off, with the former explaining: "We're not confident that we would have what we need to give you the quality of performances we always give fans."

Back in October 2018, Billy McFarland ended up being sentenced to six years in prison on fraud charges, along with having to pay up $26 million.

ja rule
ja rule

Ja Rule claims to be just another victim in the whole incident, insisting he was also scammed by McFarland and wasn't paid.

He even sent a tribute to Maryann, on Instagram, saying: "My heart goes out to this lovely lady... MaryAnne Rolle we've never met but I'm devastated that something that was meant to be amazing, turn out to be such a disaster and hurt so many ppl... SORRY to anyone who has been negatively effected by the festival."

The 'Holla Holla' rapper has also openly criticised the Netflix documentary on Twitter saying: "Come on your smarter than that... I feel bad for those ppl... but I did not and would never scam ANYONE... period!!! And I don't care if anyone sympathizes with me or not those are the FACTS!!!"

Featured Image Credit: Netflix

Topics: Entertainment, World News, Music, US News, US Entertainment

Rachael Grealish

Rachael is a NCTJ qualified journalist from West Cumbria, with a passion for news, features and journalism. Outside of work Rachael loves plenty of coffee, running and reading.

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