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Kendall Jenner agrees to pay $135K for role in failed Fyre Festival

Social media sensation and Kardashian family member Kendall Jenner has agreed to pay $US90,000 ($135,315) for her role in the infamous Fyre Festival.

Jenner’s role in the 2017 music festival was highlighted in Netflix’s documentary, Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened, which aired last year.

The documentary revealed how social media influencers like Jenner were paid to share posts encouraging their followers to buy tickets to the festival, despite the flimsy plans and lack of cohesion.

Since 2017, trustees have been working to regain some of the money that was left owed to the investors, leaders and attendees of Fyre Festival.

The festival is believed to have lost investors over $US26 million ($39.1 million).

This included Jenner, who was sued in the US Bankruptcy Court in New York by Gregory Messer in August 2019.

Messer claims Jenner was paid $US275,000 ($413,463) to post about the event on Instagram.

The lawsuit claims Jenner “did not indicate to the public that she was paid to promote the Festival” and led her followers to believe the event “would be filled with famous models on an exotic private island with ‘first-class culinary experiences and a luxury atmosphere’”.

Jenner is also accused of suggesting her famous brother-in-law Kanye West would be performing at the festival by referencing her ‘G.O.O.D. Music Family’ as ‘headliners’.

“In fact, Mr West was never going to perform at the festival. This conduct demonstrates a clear lack of good faith on Jenner’s part,” the lawsuit says.

Kendall Jenner’s now-deleted Instagram post

Jenner’s $US90,000 ($135,315) payment is a settlement, rather than an admission of liability and still requires the judge’s approval, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Earlier this year, Flight Centre Travel Group settled a legal case over its involvement in Fyre Festival for $US15,000 ($22,553).

The lawsuit filed by the trustee for Fyre Festival’s failed entity alleged that Flight Centre failed to provide travel arrangements for music acts despite being paid to do so.

Among those acts advertised to play at the festival were Blink-182, Major Lazer, Disclosure, Pusha T, Tyga, Desiigner, Migos, Kaytranada, Lil Yachty, Skepta, and Claptone.

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