Model Kendall Jenner is receiving backlash again, this time, for her involvement in Fyre Festival. The 23-year-old was reportedly given a whopping $250,000 paycheck for the failure, while others who worked on the project have yet to receive payment. Now, she’s not only being slammed online, but she also may be in legal trouble.
“Kendall’s gotten into hot water yet again, but this one might hit her where it hurts most — her bank account,” a Jenner insider tells In Touch. “A Manhattan federal bankruptcy judge has ruled that Kendall and the other models who promoted the now infamous Fyre Festival can be subpoenaed. The bankruptcy trustee has questions, and Kendall may get dragged into court to provide some answers.”
Following the release of the dueling documentaries, Hulu’s Fyre Fraud and Netflix‘s Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened, people learned that many Bahamians haven’t been paid. In fact, one woman, in particular, shelled out upwards of $50,000 of her own money to pay workers.
“You should help that lady in the Bahamas that had to pay $50,000 out of her pocket to pay the workers from #FyreFestival,” one person commented on Kendall’s Instagram. “I mean, you did get $250,000 just to post a promotion for it. Least you could do…” Another wrote, “Can you give some of your proceeds to the lady that had to use her own money to pay workers because of your misled ads?” A third fumed, “Give the 250k you earned for the Fyre Fest to the people of the Bahamas!!”
Fyre Festival, which was advertised as the hottest new music fest, was supposed to take place on Great Exuma. Creator Billy McFarland enlisted the help of hundreds of native people, who often worked 18+ hour days, but then went MIA when it came to giving them the money they earned.
“People are outraged. She reportedly received $250,000 for promoting what turned out to be a huge million dollar scam, and while she was sitting pretty, making sure her check got cleared, there were hard-working locals in the Bahamas who were stiffed.”
Kylie Jenner‘s big sis has been slammed in the past. First for her tone-deaf Pepsi commercial, then for wearing an Afro during a Vogue photo shoot, and most recently, for her “brave and emotional confession,” which turned out to be a paid endorsement deal for Proactiv.
“Kendall’s reputation is at stake here,” our insider continued, “It seems that all she does is make these horribly insensitive career choices. The rich millennials who went to the festival are all back home in their penthouses and at their high paying jobs. No one is saying Kendall has to give the $250,000 back, but she needs to do the right thing and help the victims that were really taken advantage of. She got paid, but there’s an entire community of Bahamians that are still waiting for their paychecks.”