Top models summoned by the court: Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid, Hailey Bieber and more
According to the New York Post, at least 5 top models, including Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid, Hailey Bieber, Elsa Hosk and Emily Ratajkowski, will be summoned to court to give testimony about how much they were paid to promote the music festival called "Fyre Festival".
The Fyre Festival, organized by Billy McFarland, was scheduled to take place in the Bahamas for two weeks in April 2017. It was advertised as a grand music festival of the United States. But the event was suddenly postponed, although McFarland called for investment of up to 26 million USD.
Kendall Jenner, Hailey Bieber and Bella Hadid are troubled because of the music festival scandal.
Accordingly, Billy McFarland was sued for not paying back ticket fees, accommodation and moving fees for the audiences, as well as the loans to investors either. The festival quickly became the focus of US federal investigations.
In March 2018, McFarland received two fraudulent charges at the Federal Court in Manhattan, and admitted using fake documents to attract investors, gaining 26 million USD. On June 12, 2018, McFarland continued to be charged with fraud after selling tickets for huge events: Met Gala, Burning Man and Coachella. On October 11, 2018, McFarland was sentenced to six years in prison at FCI Otisville, Orange County, New York.
The scam was even made into two documentaries on Netflix: "Fyre Fraud" was released on January 14 and "Frye: The Greatest Party That Never Happened" (directed by Chris Smith) was released 4 days later.
Billy McFarland has to face six years in prison after Fyre Festival scandal.
Two big model managing agencies, IMG Models (representing Bella Hadid, Hailey Bieber, Elsa Hosk), DNA Model Management (representing of Emily Ratajkowski) and Kendall Jenner will be summoned by the court to support the investigation process about the lost amount.
According to Billboard, IMG received 1.2 million USD from organizer Billy McFarland and the amount paid for DNA was 299,000 USD. In addition, Kendall alone was paid 250,000 USD for an Instagram post about how Kanye West would appear and perform at the festival.
Currently, both IMG and DNA do not respond to the incident. Kendall, the world's highest paid model in 2018, has not yet made any comments.
Bella Hadid, Kendall Jenner and Emily Ratajkowski are doing an amazingly good job in the modeling industry.
Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid, Emily Ratajkowski are three of the most popular young models today. Kendall spent the second consecutive year topping the income rankings with a number of up to 22.5 million USD last year. Bella was also in the top 10 with an estimated income of 8.5 million USD.
Meanwhile, Hailey Bieber is still drawing attention because of her relationship with Justin Bieber. Not long ago, the famous couple registered to become legal husband and wife. However, their official wedding was postponed for the third time because some relatives could not attend.
By: Mithrine Smith